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At what point do you think it is time to get help for an eating disorder?

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Last Updated: 05/04/2020 at 6:34pm
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December 16th, 2014 3:49pm
It is never too late, nor is it too early to get help. Research does show that some people find it easier to reach recovery faster if they enter treatment in early stages of the illness. So if you suspect that you have it, please try to talk to someone about it.
December 10th, 2014 11:18am
As soon as you realize that majority of your habits are being self induced i.e. going on huge eating binges, vomiting, starving you must set yourself up to seek professional help.
December 10th, 2014 3:03am
I think it is time to get help when the eating disorder starts conflicting with your life. When you can't enjoy the things you used to, or you can't go places. Or when you start to have medical problems. Seeking help earlier is better, but it is never too late.
December 18th, 2014 10:08pm
I believe that the best time to get help for an eating disorder is when you finally realize that you have one. It's hard to admit that you have an ED and I knew that once I finally realized that I had one, I felt different about myself and knew I needed help
December 21st, 2015 4:47pm
From the very first meal you skip. If you are purposely not eating, it is a problem. Hurting your body isn't a good thing.
December 12th, 2014 4:43pm
When you start to see bad changes or you think you have one. Get help as soon as possible, because it could get out of control very fast. Just like a wildfire.
December 13th, 2014 2:46pm
The earlier the better! Eating disorders whether its over eating or under eating can be life threatening! I suggest you get help right now. If you're nervous I understand, but you really need help. Good luck! :)
December 22nd, 2014 2:59pm
At the point where you feel like food is the enemy, and that if you eat you'll ____ etc. If you know that you have an unhealthy relationship with food, it is time to seek help.
January 1st, 2015 1:00pm
i think any time is the right time. when you feel like something is wrong and its controlling a lot of things in your daily life like your thoughts, how you function, just beyond your disordered ways of eating, its good to go and get help. but really, as soon as you think you might have a problem in the slightest and are comfortable with it, you should get help! :) you deserve mental well being and to be the healthiest and happiest!
April 29th, 2015 5:42am
Only you can be the judge of that. If you are tired of suffering all alone it is good to reach out to family and friends who you know will support you. If you are thinking about seeking help as a parent or trusted adult to help you seek professional help.
June 22nd, 2015 10:30pm
As soon as you feel it interferes with your health or happiness. The sooner you reach out thr better.
August 24th, 2015 4:29pm
At the point you are thinking about it. The early you find help, the faster you will recover. You will also avoid complications so it's a win-win! Good luck! Kimly
November 30th, 2015 8:30pm
At the point where you find out about it because it's better to prevent than to cure. You could start of with yourself then ask others for help when you think you can't controlt anymore
December 13th, 2015 8:27pm
When you realize you have one. As soon as you think you might have one. NO psychologist will hate you for talking to them. It's better to find help as early as possible.
February 16th, 2016 7:08am
The time that you come to know that you have one and/or that the disorder is affecting how you see yourself and your quality of life. Don't wait!
May 16th, 2016 11:49pm
When you start having the symptoms, as in a thigh gap becomes your obsession. Its unhealthy. That's when you should get help
June 7th, 2016 11:11pm
Once you realize you are experience unnatural eating habits, you should get help right away. It could be the difference of life or death. I know it is a hard choice, but it is worth it.
October 25th, 2016 11:18am
i think that as soon as you think that you might have a eating disorder its time to reach out for help cause neglection or denial of it will only worsen it , its indeed tough to reach out for help but in the end it will be worth it
November 15th, 2016 9:33am
The earlier you catch it, the better. Eating disorders like to trick us into thinking we aren't sick enough to get help. But there's no quota to meet to deserve help. If you realize you have one, THAT'S the time to get help.
September 18th, 2017 9:20am
The second you can admit you have one. Eating disorders are serious problems and the sooner you get help the better off you'll be in the long run. The issue with EDs is when left untreated they can be life-threatening and sometimes develop to a point where reversing them becomes a long rather difficult process. Please get help as soon as you can.
December 4th, 2017 1:30pm
At the point where you have to ask a website. No, really. If you believe you have an eating disorder or it might be developing, please seek help before it gets worse and turns into something you'll have trouble seeking help for.
May 29th, 2018 6:32pm
As soon as possible. Eating disorders can be extremely dangerous and harmful to your body. The sooner you fix it, the better chance you have at recovering with no long term damage.
September 24th, 2018 4:02pm
it is time to get help for an eating disorder when you think it is getting out of control. by this time, people around you should be noticing that you are acting different. your body should be going through dramatic changes. for example, your blood pressure is always low, you are always tired etc. eating disorders have a tendency to eat you alive, pun intended. it is so important to talk to your parents, a close friend, your teacher, anyone that you trust if you feel like you are going insane. eating disorders are very much psychological and they are treatable, however you have to want to get treated, or else you will be stuck in a vicious cycle
May 4th, 2020 6:34pm
When the eating disorder starts to get secretive then I think it is time to get help. When you start hiding your actions around food from your family members or friends. Then I think it is time to get help. When you begin to be consumed with thoughts of how you are going to eat, what you are going to eat, when you are going to eat or not eat. Then it is time to get help. When you start lying about what and when you eat. Then it is time to get help.