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Anorexia Nervosa Caregiver Tips
The most important thing you can do for a loved one with anorexia nervosa is to be supportive. Try these helpful strategies:
- Get an accurate diagnosis.
- Don’t try to reason with someone who has a distorted body image.
- Look into a treatment center that specializes in eating disorders.
- Recognize that weight gain is the cornerstone of treatment.
- Find therapists who can help people with anorexia nervosa develop new patterns of thinking and self-awareness.
- Create a strong support system. The free recovery group Overeaters Anonymous welcomes people with anorexia nervosa as well as other eating disorders. Find a local group.
- Connect with others for support. Family support groups can be very helpful for parents who are struggling to help an adolescent with anorexia nervosa.
Angela Guarda, MD
Angela Guarda, MD is the Stephen and Jean Robinson Associate Professor of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at…Read More…
It is impossible to recover from Anorexia unless you reach a minimal normal weight.
– Angela Guarda, MD
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