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What should I do if I think I have an eating disorder? I am afraid to tell my family and friends.

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Last Updated: 08/16/2016 at 6:47pm
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January 24th, 2015 2:42am
Tell them. They are there to support you. Honestly, if you are at the point where you recognize you have an eating disorder and don't know what to do, you are now at a stage to get help, and the best way for support is to ask for it. Your friends and family can help you find the proper resources. If you weren't looking for help, you are still in the 'hiding' stage, and are not yet ready to admit to your eating disorder. Also, if your friends and family seem upset or mad, they aren't. They are upset at themselves for not knowing, and upset or not, it is not you, however they love you no matter what!
March 25th, 2015 5:03pm
Seek professional help. Eating disorders affect your overall health and can be debilitating or deadly. You are important and you need to take care of your physical and mental health first. Your family and friends will understand that your health is important. However, if you feel intimidated or if you feel they would not be supportive seek support on your own. If you are not yet considered an adult talk to a school counselor and get a referral for a medical examination. Or, tell your family you want to see your family doctor for upset stomach or digestive problems.
April 23rd, 2015 10:33pm
Consult a doctor so they can help address the issue, meanwhile look into your symptoms. Take up on healthier food along with excersise.
August 25th, 2015 5:00pm
If you have an eating disorder, don't be scared to tell anyone. That doesn't define you in any way because we're all different. Your family won't judge you, they'll understand your situation and try to comfort you and help you and don't be afraid to tell your friends. If they think different of you or dont accept you because you have an eating disorder, they're not true friends. Friends should be able to accept you for who you are or what you have.
November 30th, 2015 12:49am
Research around the topic, speak to a doctor or another professional in confidence, try to explore the cause behind it, identify triggers, think positive
May 10th, 2016 11:10pm
As scary as it can be to tell someone, that's the first step. As soon as they know, they will hopefully help you to live without that eating disorder and become stronger through it. You can do it!
May 16th, 2016 5:07pm
Honestly, You should tell your parents about this so that you can get help before your eating disorder does real irreversible damage to your body. You can tell your friends about it if your comfortable to do so but for sure I would tell your parents first so that you can get the help that you need to overcome your eating disorder. Diseases such as heart disease, stroke, Irregular heart beats and sometimes death can happen if an eating disorder is left alone to linger for too long. Save yourself, Tell your parents and get help! I wish you well!
May 17th, 2016 11:42am
talk to someone you trust the most, open up to them about your condition and concerns, it is a very difficult & challenging path to recovery, but it is possible if you seek for help as soon as you recognize the problem. Don't make the recovery process lonely , let your loved ones help you and be by your side, you'll realize how magical the power of love from friends and family can help. always remember, you CAN & WILL recover from this , stay strong & keep fighting, love :)
June 7th, 2016 12:34am
If u think that you have an eating disorder before you do anything go to a doctor or hospital appointment and ask if you have then u can decide if you want to tell anyone
August 16th, 2016 6:47pm
The first step for revoery is searching for help. And there support of your family and friends is really important. You can drop small hints or write them a note, they will be there for you.