How can I get through an eating disorder without telling my parents?

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Last Updated: 10/11/2016 at 1:57am
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lovey0urself
December 13th, 2014 8:29pm
Support is a vital part to recovering from an eating disorder. If you can't get it from your parents, you should find a trustworthy friend or adult to help support you and keep you accountable for your recovery. Take things one step at a time, and don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
ShakingThatMilk
May 9th, 2015 6:53pm
You can't. When I was first struggling with such an issue, I didn't tell my parents for months. As soon as I told them my issue, I started getting the help I needed and, although I'm still in the process of recovering, I'm doing a whole lot better than before.
HelloItsFire
June 13th, 2016 8:21am
You're not alone. My parents know about mine, but they never help me. First, you have to find the need, the feeling of want to recover. That is the very first step. Then, if you don't want to talk to your parents or close friends, talk with us (7cups community) will help. Don't search for eating disorder trigerring blogs. Slowly, shape a better way of thinking. Learn to love yourself more. The progress will be slow, but it will eventually be better. Be strong, dear.
AlwaysUpFromHere
December 9th, 2014 7:02pm
From my experience in recovering from my eating disorder, you have to tell someone. For full recovery, you'll need to inform your doctor and go from there. It's way too hard to deal with this on your own and you shouldn't have to. Until then, you can always talk about it here.
Infpbutalive
December 10th, 2014 1:25am
Honestly its really hard. But there are many therapist that will let you see them without parents. But you must have good reason, and prof that you can pay for the sessions.
YbbiloftheSky
December 10th, 2014 5:14pm
As difficult as it may be, support during an ED is invaluable, and any loving family will guide and encourage you through this awful time.
Anonymous
December 10th, 2014 7:21pm
Talk to your friends. Talk to us on 7 cups! We can refer you to helpful resources that will keep your information confidential. There are people that care and will help you, even if it means keeping a secret.
dotty
December 24th, 2014 8:09pm
talk to someone mature and responsible... a teacher, a close relative, a friend, even a doctor. its something that most people experience at some moment in life. its part of the new "normality". and part of growing too...
Anonymous
December 29th, 2015 12:13pm
By enjoying the food served at home with pleasure and gentleness one can get through an eating disorder.
Lisa4apricot
December 30th, 2015 4:03am
Self recovery is possible, however it may be difficult along the way. It's important to receive support, whether it comes from your family or elsewhere. Finding someone you can trust and talk to would help greatly, even if it is your GP or a friend etc. I think it's very brave of you for wanting to get through this eating disorder, I believe that recovery is 100% possible.
Sami
October 11th, 2016 1:57am
Go to your parents if they are supportive wit everything else. They are there to support you and help you. They may be sad, but they will be happy you came to them for support. Best of luck!