Teen & Child Eating Disorders
At Center For Discovery, we have been helping teens and children with eating disorders recover for over years. Center For Discovery provides residential treatment for teens and adolescents struggling with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating and other disordered eating. The information on this page is designed to provide some suggestions to the families of adolescents with eating disorders. These suggestions are designed to help family members provide and maintain a supportive environment. These suggestions are not, nor should they be considered, a form of treatment. Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and other eating disorders are severe illnesses and it is important to seek professional treatment from an eating disorder specialist. An eating disorder specialist will help your loved one get on the road to a full recovery. Remember that eating disorders are serious illnesses. It is critical to maintan a clear focus on seeking out a thorough and nurturing treatment plan.
Where to start
• Know that eating disorders are severe illnesses and require specialized treatment.
• Go to your primary care physician for a medical consultation.
• Seek guidance and education from eating disorder treatment specialists.
• Seek professional eating disorder treatment specialists for assessment and treatment.
• Know that eating disorder recovery is often a long-term process.
Suggestions on How to Support your loved one
• Express your love and acceptance.
• Talk with your loved one about your concerns. Use concrete examples without blaming or shaming.
• Journal your observations of their daily behavior, moods, and eating habits.
• Ask questions. Try to gain an understanding of what they believe is happening.
• Ask about their motivations that may be contributing to the eating disorder behavior.
• Seek professional assistance from your primary care physician.
• Find a local eating disorder specialist (Call us at866.482.3876 to find a specialist in your area).
• Ask your eating disorder treatment specialist how to safely monitor moods, activities,
and eating habits.
• Encourage your loved one to take responsibility for their treatment and recovery.
• Remain supportive and kind to your loved one.
• Develop a support system to help when you are overwhelmed.