Daughter has an Eating disorder

Alycia - posted on 06/08/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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What do you do if your daughter is a bulimic with anorexic tendencies.
The waiting list for hospital treatment is 3-6 months long..

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Cathie - posted on 02/24/2012

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I've had an eating disorder on and off since I was fourteen and the only thing tht came close to stopping me thru treatment and all was getting pregnant...and I don't consider myself anywhere near better now at thirty years old. It's really hard to deal with but she really needs u now no matter what she says or how she behaves even If u don't live with her, try to be there for her as much as u can...above all listen

Debi - posted on 06/16/2010

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I had the same problem my whole high school years, no one knew. I was 80 lbs my senior year. It is something VERY hard to stop. Get her counsling talk to her sit down with someone that can set up a diet and exercise program she wont eat if she thinks it will all turn to fat. Eat as many meals with her and excercise as often with her as you can if you can keep her form making herself sick for an hour and half after she eats then she will get vitamins and stuff that she needs. Keep all diet pill laxitives and such out of the house when my mom did make me eat and I could not go get sick I would use laxitves to get it all out and not just one or two either, The only thing that broke my cycle was having someone eat with me everyday and work out with me I am now a happy 135 lbs and dont dream of being under weight again.. God bless and good luck

Alycia - posted on 06/10/2010

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she is not overweight and she dose not have friends with eating disorders she dosen't talk about it with friends other then the ones she met last year while she was in treatment. She does not live with me so I cannot sit with her during meals or watch her when she goes to the bathroom.

Alycia - posted on 06/10/2010

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Thanks for the advice louise but she dosen't like share or talk about it and dosen't really want family support on the subject.. it's very difficult.

Chris - posted on 06/09/2010

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Your doing the right thing by getting her into treatment for it, I agree with Louise & make her go to the bathroom before meals and sit with her after for at least an hour. The longer the better & in that hour don't let her out of your sight, if she says she has to go to the bathroom follow her in & tell her it's for her own good. Is there a reason she's doing this? Is she overweight or just something her friends are doing too?

Louise - posted on 06/09/2010

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If you know this is the case I suppose all you can do is sit with her whilst she is eatting insisting that she goes to the toilet before her meal. Sit and watch what she is eatting and then sit with her for at least an hour for her food to go down. Then at least she will absorb some food before she attempts to throw it up. This is a long road to recovery for your daughter and she will probably have a problem with her weight for the rest of her life, it will just be learning how to control her anorexia and bullimia tendancies. All you can do is support her no matter what you say she will still see herself as fat and the urge to get rid of food is very strong. I hope your referral comes through quickly in the mean time try and get some councilling for her to try and put her mind in a positive mode towards food.

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