Thursday, 7 May 2015

How to Help someone with Bulimia?

Here are some suggestions on how to help someone with Bulimia or any eating disorder.

Trying to help someone with such a complex illness as Bulimia can be very difficult, So the more you educate yourself on the illness the better understanding you will have, and be able to help your loved one.

Be compassionate and supportive
Although you may not fully understand the Eating disorder, which I know that unless you've actually been through this illness, yourself, you can't really begin to imagine how it is.
But since you care for your loved one, you should be compassionate, and support them in getting better.
So make sure that your there for them when they need someone to talk to, or accompanying them to a doctors appointment.

Be a good influence
When you have an eating disorder the last thing you want is to be around someone who has distorted eating and body image, as it will only make them feel worse.
So set a good example by eating healthily, exercising and having a confident body image.

Listen
This is probably the best thing you can do, when I was suffering with bulimia, all I wanted was for someone to talk to about this horrible illness, so be there for them when you can.

Get them out
Get your friend or family member out somewhere, introduce them to some of your other friends, so that they can be sociable, and take their mind of their eating disorder.

Don't take things to heart
When someone suffers from an eating disorder, sometimes they can get a little angry and say things they don't really mean, I know my bulimia made me have the worst mood swings, so try not to take things too personally.
They really do appreciate all the support your giving them.

Don't make any comments about their weight or appearance
saying things like your too thin will only make them feel more self conscious, or make them feel good that their so thin, and will keep them in the grips of their eating disorder.
Unless your complementing them try not to discuss their weight etc.

Don't force them to eat
This will only make them feel like your trying to control them, and people with eating disorders like to be in control, so don't tell them what to eat.

Don't be judgmental 
This says it all really.

Encourage them to get help
Don't force them and tell them they have to get help, But just suggest, that maybe they should get some professional support with their condition, and tell them that you'll be there for them every step of the way, and do try to go to appointments with them, as going to appointments for an eating disorder can be one of the hardest things to do.
Please know that you really cannot force them to get help, I know this is very difficult for a loved one to understand, but really they need to be the one to take the first step.

Talk with someone yourself
If you are a friend maybe you should speak with the parents of the person with an eating disorder, and tell them what is going on, or even a counselor, they may be angry at you for this, but they will thank you in the end, and you will thank yourself, this is a very serious condition that can take someones life.

Keep yourself healthy
I know that being around someone with a mental illness, can be difficult and stressful on your own part, so make sure that your taking care of yourself, having some alone time, and being around other people as well.


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