Eating disorders can cause considerable distress for those who suffer from them and those who love them. Due to the stigma and fear around having certain eating disorders, some teens are afraid to tell anyone they are struggling and won’t seek out the treatment they need.9
This fear will only worsen your teen’s problem and make it more difficult for them to get the help they need.
It’s essential to make sure that you give your child all the support they need, including talking to them about what is going on and allowing them to speak with you without fear of judgment.
Once treatment has begun, you must be an active member of the treatment team. You will want to ask questions and be as involved as you can in therapy to ensure that your teen gets the best treatment possible.
The following are some other ways you can help your teen cope with their eating disorder:
- Talk to them: Be there for your teen. Make sure they know that the lines of communication are open, and you can be trusted as a safe space for speaking about what’s on their mind.
- Give them encouragement: Have realistic expectations of how their life will be as a result of their eating disorder. Encourage them to continue on their path toward recovery.
- Set boundaries: Set clear expectations of them during treatment. Be firm but respectful in setting boundaries such as diet programs and eating out.
- Do your best to stay positive: When you are around your teen, try to make things as normal as possible. Keep your mood light and positive.
- Be consistent: Be consistent in your actions and your messages. Remain optimistic and optimistic in your messages. Do not let your teen or their eating disorder guide your behavior.
How to Help Your Teenage Girl with an Eating Disorder
If you suspect that your teenage daughter may be struggling with an eating disorder, talk with them about your concerns.
Even if your teen is hiding their eating disorder it is likely due to them feeling ashamed or being unable to communicate their need for help appropriately. Don’t take this behavior personally.
Open lines of communication are the first step in helping your teen get the treatment they need. It is also crucial that you take a comprehensive approach to the issue, as many eating disorders are treatable with a combination of medication and therapy.
Get your teen's doctor involved and see what they suggest as far as treatment options go. They may suggest a combination of inpatient or outpatient therapy, as well as counseling and educational classes. These forms of treatment will help your teen better understand what they are going through and ways they can better cope with their symptoms