National Eating Disorders Association

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Residential practices for Bulemics

New to this forum and figured I would give it a try. I am the mother of a 23 year old daughter who has been struggling with bulemia since her teenage years. Upon graduating college she took a job that absolutely sent her over the edge. She has been in treatment with a therapist and psychiatrist but we convinced her to take it to another level. She went willingly and now I'm hoping that it was a good idea. She has been binging terribly and put on substantial weight. She was concerned that the residence would be most people with anorexia and she was right. But what is most troubling is how they are dealing with her food intake. Her home therapist and I plan to speak to her nutritionist tomorrow..but I am wondering if anyone else has had this issue with their child. The plans seem built for anorexics and they ARE different in their nutritional needs.

Hi there!!

Hello!! Thank you so much for your post!! I hope that I can be of some help and support!!

I am sorry to hear that your daughter is having a tough residential experience. It is definitely difficult to be at a distance from any of our loved ones, but please remember that your daughter is strong and brave!! She has a determined spirit and she will find happiness!

I definitely agree with consulting with her home therapist and dietitian and to have them involved in her treatment plan while in residential. The more and better communication that occurs between these professionals, the more improved your daughter's experience will be!!

I think a great resource that you might find useful would be the NEDA Navigators program! Have you heard of it? It is a program that connects you with a parent who has helped his/her child recover and can provide you with their experiences and give advice too!! Plus this whole service is free and private! Here is a link to learn more!!

I hope this helps!! Please let me know if you have any questions!