Anorexia: Help for Family Members

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Anorexia: Help for Family Members

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One person's struggle with anorexia nervosa affects the entire family. Counselling can be a big help to everyone in your family, whether it means seeing a counsellor alone, as a couple, or as a family. Each family member may need reassurance or Counselling at different times during the course of the illness. Seek the support you need during this time from all available resources.

  • Use a professional counsellor to help you work through your concerns and reduce the eating disorder's impact on you and your family.
  • Make time for other children in your family to receive one-on-one love and attention.
  • Use a family therapist to help your family members find new ways to support one another.
  • Use a family therapist to find new ways to support your loved one's eating disorder recovery. For example, a person who has anorexia is likely to do better in an organized environment that is free from chaos and emotional outbursts.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer W. Stewart Agras, MD - Psychiatry
Specialist Medical Reviewer Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
Last Revised October 28, 2009

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