National Eating Disorders Association

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Residential treatment

Hi, I’m new. My teen has co occurring diagnosis, one being an ED and is currently in Residential treatment many states away. During phone calls I try not to focus only on treatment, as this can cause spiraling into more anxiety. Because Martin is really struggling, the things she’s been interested in the past don’t currently interest her. So I’m looking for conversation starters that don’t seem staged or too superficial superficial. My teen often leads the conversation, which I’m encouraging but also need to know how to support and would be open to suggestions. Thank you in advance!


It's great that you are supporting you daughter and want to continue helping her the best you can. Have any other parents gone through similar issues? Anyone that can relate and can offer some suggestions?


My sister, an education specialist, suggested reading a book or story to my child on the calls.