Encouraging A Loved To Seek Bulimia Treatment
One of the most difficult things for a parent or a loved one to do is to have to sit back and watch someone destroying themselves both physically and emotionally. For families and spouses of those with bulimia getting your loved one to acknowledge that there is a problem and to seek treatment can be a very real challenge.
We routinely hear from parents and loved ones that want to know how they can help a child, spouse or family member that they suspect is dealing with bulimia or another eating disorder. While no one simple checklist can address every person, there are some things that you can do to help your loved one come to the realisation that they need to start bulimia treatment and reach out for help.
Signs Your Loved One May Need Bulimia Treatment
Most people that have bulimia or other eating disorders are very careful to hide the traces of their eating behaviours. However, there are some signs that you can watch for that can help you determine if their behavioural change is because of bulimia or if there may be another explanation.
Signs of bulimia include:
• Going on restrictive diets, skipping meals or eating away from others
• Use of laxatives or diuretics
• Intensive periods of exercise to unhealthy levels
• Immediately leaving the table after eating
• Hoarding of food or signs of food consumption at night or in private
• People with bulimia tend to be very critical of their self-image. Despite their careful control over food and even with routine fasting, they tend to have an overall weight gain over time.
What You Can Do
It is important if you talk to your loved one to not be judgemental or accusing in your tone or the content of your words. Instead, address the issue as a caring, loving person that wants to help, not to be critical or angry.
Expect that initially the person will be very defensive and in denial, this is very normal and a part of the behavioural and psychological components of the disorder that can be addressed in bulimia treatment online and in our practices.
One option that can be very helpful is to focus in on the relationship and that individual’s importance to you. Don’t talk about food, weight or appearance, these are deeply rooted beliefs that the individual holds about themselves and they cannot be changed in a simple conversation. Instead, discuss working together and coming in with the individual to our office for an initial consult. Our staff can effectively and emphatically explain our holistic treatment approach and the positive, healthy changes that will come about through treatment.