It can feel very overwhelming to feel that someone you care about or you yourself may be struggling with an eating disorder, it is important to remember however that that help and treatment is available and recovery is always possible. You are not alone.
First and fore mostly, it is very important that you do not stay silent and that you talk to someone that you trust. This may be family, friends, a teacher or maybe it is a support group like EDA (N.I.). Whoever it is, the important thing is that you reach out for help and support.
Eating disorders are highly complex illnesses and there is a lot of misunderstanding, stigma and ignorance around them. It is very important that you try and inform yourself as much as possible with reliable and factual information, especially if you are worried about someone and you are planning to talk to them about it. EDA (N.I.) are always on hand also if you would like to talk to someone either by dropping in, via email or via phone. We are here to support you. If you are thinking about approaching someone that you are worried may be affected by an eating disorder check out our page ‘Approaching Someone’ for more useful info.
The next step is to make an appointment to see your G.P to talk about your concerns. We understand this can feel very daunting and anxiety provoking however we are here to support you in making that crucial step in your recovery. G.P’s are the gatekeepers to services so attending this appointment is crucial. It is very important that you try and be as open and honest as you possibly can when you are speaking with your G.P. and indeed all professionals involved in your care, if they are not aware of the full picture, their support and your treatment will be limited.
If the G.P. feels that an eating disorder may be present, he/she will refer you to general mental health services suitable for your age so as a comprehensive assessment of your needs can be carried out. Depending on your needs, an individual treatment plan will be formulated with you. The Regional Care Pathway for the Treatment of Eating Disorders provides useful information about accessing treatment.
If you are worried or unsure about this process, feel free to contact us and we will try our best to support you and answer any questions that you may have.