It’s one thing to suffer from an eating disorder but it’s a whole other thing to admit you are living with an eating disorder. Many men and women go throughout their lives battling an eating disorder on their own. Eating disorders effect people of all ethnicities, races, social and cultural backgrounds and genders but it’s not uncommon if someone doesn’t fit the social stereotype often associated with eating disorders, they’ll keep their struggles to themselves. And this is one of the most dangerous and sad aspects of eating disorders: many who have eating disorders suffer quietly on their own. Silence is the number one reason people don’t receive treatment for their eating disorders.
If you or a loved one is suffering in silence with your eating disorder you are not alone. Many people suffer for extended periods of time because they do not know what to say, where to go to, who to trust and having extreme feelings of shame and fear. One of the hardest and most rewarding things that can be done is to open up and talk to someone about the problem. In doing so, you’re taking a step in the right direction admitting that the eating disorder is damaging your life and that you need help. The earlier someone receives treatment the better, but any time is the right time to reach out, receive treatment and find hope and healing.
“Who can I talk to or where do I begin?”
Here are some ideas who you can open up to or places you can start:
- Parent or Guardian
- Close Friend or Family Member
- Doctor or Healthcare Provider
- Teacher or Professor
- Empowerment Treatment and Counseling
- NEDA Hotline
It is important to understand that while it’s a great first step, family members, coworkers and friends are probably not equipped to help you heal completely. They may be an integral part of your healing process and a huge support system, but it is essential to receive treatment from an experienced therapist who specializes in eating disorders or a facility specializing in eating disorders treatment.
Taking these first steps can be very difficult and painful so it is important to practice kindness towards yourself during this process. You are taking a step in the right direction for a life long recovery from your eating disorder. Hope and healing is possible for all!
Rachel Peru is a clinical intern who offers counseling services here at Empowerment Treatment & Counseling Center while she completes her Masters degree in Professional Counseling at Grand Canyon University.
If you or someone you know needs help, talk with your health care provider or give us a call! We have a caring staff of seasoned therapists in our Phoenix/Glendale, Arizona offices who have experience in helping people heal from the past, find meaning and joy in the present, and embrace hope for the future. (623) 810-1663
- The Silent Suffering of Eating Disorders. (n.d.). https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/matter-tru