For many suffering from an eating disorder or self-harm, there comes a point when life becomes unmanageable and they decide to seek help.

Sensitivity, compassion, respect, understanding, and patience – from family, friends and medical providers – are critical for a person to be successfully supported in their journey through recovery. But, perhaps more importantly, they must also develop the same emotions toward themselves.

Building a Care Team

Effective treatment for an eating disorder must address both the physical and psychological aspects of the problem. This includes: tending to medical and nutritional needs, addressing underlying causes, promoting a healthy relationship with food, managing overwhelming external stressors, and helping your child develop new coping mechanisms in response to stress.

No one form of treatment works for everyone. The pace of recovery is impossible to dictate. And there will be setbacks. But with the right care team in place, your child will feel secure enough to let the eating disorder go, bit by bit, over time.