Getting Help for Eating Disorders
Eating disorders should be dealt with immediately because they can be life threatening. So if you suspect you or someone you know has one, you need to let your family know. You need their help and support, and you should also seek professional help for eating disorders immediately —see your family doctor or at least the school counselor. Help for eating disorders takes time and might include therapy, medication, and maybe hospitalization.
Always start with your parents for help with eating disorders. If you think you or someone you know has an eating disorder, let a responsible adult know about it. No matter how good a friend you are, you can't help a friend with a serious eating disorder —they need to see a professional for help with eating disorders. In addition, you could contact these organizations:
National Eating Disorders Association @ 800-931-2237 International Mental Health Referral Service @ 800-THERAPIST or 800-843-7274 National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associate Disorders (ANAD) @ 847-831-3438 www.anred.com —Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders Rader Programs @ 800-841-1515 Referrals to Eating Disorder Specialists (US and Canada): The Renfrew Center @ 800-RENFREW or 800-736-3739 www.something-fishy.org —Something Fishy Web Site on Eating Disorders. Information about the different disorders and their dangers, online support (chats and message boards), treatment finders, organizations that can help. www.overeatersanonymous.org —Overeaters Anonymous (OA) —provides meetings and literature to help people with addiction to, or obsession with, food and weight.
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