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For Loved Ones
Eating disorders do not only affect the individual who is suffering, but those around them as well. Loved ones desperately want to help their friend/family member, but often anything they say will be met with anger, frustration, denial, or avoidance. Do Not Deny a Problem Exists!
 
It can be difficult to believe a loved one is capable of hurting himself/herself by means of an eating disorder. If your loved one displays signs and symptoms from the previous pages, seek help immediately. Early intervention greatly increases the likelihood of recovery.
 
It is also important that you, the family and friends of someone going through an eating disorder, get help and support for yourselves. Please consider attending family therapy and/or a family and friends support group. It is crucial that you maintain your physical and emotional health so you can help your loved one when he/she needs you.
Warning Signs (May Include)

 

• Distorted Body Image (Body Dysmorphic Disorder)

• Binging and purging

• Secretive eating/missing food

• Intense, dramatic mood swings

• Feelings of guilt after eating

• Visits to the bathroom after meals

• Tooth decay

• Disgust and shame after overeating

• Complaints of being cold

• A high need for control

• Absences of three consecutive menstrual cycles in post-menarcheal females

• Avoids eating in public or in front of others

• Swollen glands in neck and puffiness in cheeks

• Excessive and compulsive exercise regimes

• Hides food in anticipation of a binge

• Constant sore throat

• Feels like he/she has no control over food

• Hair loss, paleness, and dizziness

• Wearing loose or multiple layers of clothing

• Broken blood vessels in eyes

• Abuse of laxatives, diet pills and/or diuretics

• Very poor self-esteem

Please Remember CPR
• You didn't CAUSE it.
• You can't CONTROL it.
• You can't CURE it.
• You can learn how NOT to CONTRIBUTE to it.
• You need to learn how to COPE with it.
• Take CARE of yourself.
 
 
 
• Avoid PANIC. It prohibits clear thinking and calm reactions.
• Recovery is a PROCESS. Two steps forward and one backwards.
• PROGRESS, not PERFECTION,is the goal. PATIENCE is    critical.
 
 
 
 
 
• RESPOND instead of REACT.
• REMEMBER to listen.
• REFLECT and REASON before you speak.
• RECOVERY is a journey, a long ROAD that may include  RELAPSE.
• REACH out to others for love and support.
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