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How do you find someone that is supportive that aren't your parents. My parents just get mad when I talk to them about it. So what should I do?

youth clinics

when i was a teenager i found youth clinics really helpful. try searching to see if there are any in your area...
your school (though i know it's summer) might have some resources too

Im a teenager. My best friend

My best friend is helping a lot
My parents just get mad when I dont eat or anything of that sort too and my mum even cries and blames herself. That is when she is not forcing or guilt tripping me into being a 'healthier' person. Have you tried consulting your best friend?

Try the hotline!

I’m sorry to hear that you can’t speak to your parents directly about your ED, I hope that they come around over time. But it is great that you are aware how important it is to have a support network and are actively looking for another outlet.

I would suggest trying the NEDA hotline; staffed by volunteers. The volunteers can help you locate resources in your area, like support groups, so that you can develop a network closer to home. Toll-free, confidential Helpline, Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm and Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (EST): 1-800-931-2237

Please keep us updated on your progress and keep posting to the forum!

Coming from the perspective

Coming from the perspective of the best friend of someone who struggled with ED, I would definitely try talking to your friends. This isn't something you should ever have to go through on your own, and I truly hope that your parents come around. But in the meantime, I definitely think you should seek out that support elsewhere, either from close friends, other family members, or maybe even a teacher that you trust. I also agree with what mycatblue said about calling the helpline; they're there for support and to help you locate resources that I feel could be of great help to you.

I wish you the best of luck!

As the Best Friend of A Sufferer

Well, my very best friend in this entire world has developed anorexia over the course of the past year. Honestly, talking to someone is the best form of help. You should never have to suffer through something like this by yourself. torib23 has the right idea. Talking to someone can be a life saver. I really hope you all find someone you can talk to, and I hope I'm the person my best friend comes to. Iwish you all the best along this journey .JUST KEEP SMILING! Please.

A Teenager Working On Recovery

I am working on recovery right now. I struggled with not having support as well. My parents just didn't understand and too many emotions came up when I talked to them. There aren't any in my area but you can try and find support groups in your area.

I hope this helps!


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My mom felt like a failure as

My mom felt like a failure as a parent because of what I was doing to myself. What helped me help her understand was to talk about why I started in the first place ( if you know why). I tried to use situations in her life that helped her understand me better ( have you ever felt like....., and that is very hard to stop, just like any addiction. Hope you find a way to make your parents understand, and help support you on your road to recovery.