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I was wondering if anyone has advise on how to tell you're doctor you have a eating disorder. I have anorexia and want help.

How to tell your doctor you have an eating disorder (ED).

Dear Maryjack ~

Thank you for reaching out to this incredibly informative and supportive NEDA forum. You are taking such an important step towards a healthy and ED-free life - I'm so proud of you!! Know that you are not alone. There are many people that have experienced an ED and understand what you are probably experiencing and feeling, even though each person is unique and created with a special purpose. I struggled with anorexia when I was in high school and relapsed in college. It's been many years since my battle with anorexia, and I'm grateful for the joys I now fully experience because I value myself more than my eating disorder (ED). You deserve all the best that life has to offer. Don't settle for less!

I would encourage you to be just as honest and direct as you have been on this forum when you meet with your doctor. I would start by telling your doctor perhaps when this started for you, and what triggers you may be dealing with. I'm confident your physician will help you to also either meet with a nutrionist and/or a counselor that can work in concert with your physician to create a plan tailored specifically to you, so you have the best chance for success. You might want to also consider reaching out to the NEDA Helpline #1.800.931.2237 (M-F/9:00am - 5:00pm) EST. They are specifically trained in all related eating disorders and are compassionate and confidential.

Below are two links I thought you might benefit from; a support group link, as well as insightful information regarding recovery:

I hope this information is helpful! Please keep us posted on your progress. I know you can do this!


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