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Needing some support my 12yr old son has anorexia and bulimia

I'm in need of some support, I'm feeling alone at times. I relocated to a big city in Texas alone for my sons treatment which is 45 minutes away. I'm at a shelter in the aforementioned city and go daily to a different city for hi therapy and classes. I feel Like I have no support financially or emotionally. I lost my job coming here and had to make arrangements for my other child to stay with family until his treatment is done. We don't know for how long. I just pray to God he gets better.

Hi vsal84,

It sounds like you've made many sacrifices for your family in order to get your son the care he needs. It takes a strong person to do that, and it's clear from your post that you're a caring parent. Please know that there are many people here on the NEDA forums who can relate to your experiences caring for a loved one with an ED. Have you spoken with the people at your son's treatment center about your situation? They might know of resources for family members of those in treatment; I'm sure they've known other parents in similar situations to you in the past and they might have recommendations for networking, job searching, emotional support, etc. The people at the treatment center might be able to put you in contact with other family members, or they might know of local support groups or other resources. You might also see if there are any community, government, or religious organizations near you or near the treatment center who may be able to offer social or financial support to you.

You can call or chat online with the NEDA Helpline to find out about support groups and other resources for you and for your family:

Here are some other NEDA resources that might be useful to you:

I hope this is a helpful starting point. Please know that you aren't alone in this. It takes a lot of courage and strength to manage when someone you love has an ED, but you are capable. Remember that recovery is possible, and that getting your son the care he needs can do him so much good in the long run. Please feel free to post here whenever you need support or a listening ear. We're here for you, and we care about you!

Hang in there!

Hi vsal84!

I saw your post from Monday and I just wanted to check in with you to see how you and your son were doing. Were you able to check out some of the resources kelsey207 mentioned previously? Please feel free to comment and post as often as you would like on here! I really hope you find or have found what you are looking for. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts! <3 <3



My son is 10 years old and has recently been diagnosed with an eating disorder of restrictive anorexia. We also live in Texas. Could you please tell me where you are in Texas receiving treatment?


Hi sunshine12345,

I'm sorry to hear about your son's diagnosis. Please know that there are resources available for you. The forum moderators won't let people name specific treatment centers on here, but you can call or chat online with the NEDA Helpline to find out about ED treatment options near you: . You can also search here: . If you're having a hard time finding places that treat children (though I know there are ED specialist treatment options in several major Texas cities that treat children and adolescents), you might try contacting any ED treatment options for adults in your area and see if they can refer you to a place nearby that treats children. I hope this helps! I wish you and your family well. Please keep us updated and post here anytime you need support.