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At what point can my therapist force me to go to the hospital

I'm wondering at what point can my therapist force me into the hospital? We've only seen each other for two sessions and I haven't opened up to her fully

Hi Ladybugg9!!

I'm really happy to hear that you have been seeing a therapist!!!! Great job on seeking out additional resources to help you in your path to recovery!!!!

The role of the therapist is to help guide you in making decisions that impact your emotional and physical health. Although your therapist will not be able to force you to go to the hospital, she may include that suggestion. Certainly, every therapist will evaluate how much your ED is impacting and disrupting your life, and then from there she will make appropriate suggestions as to what level of care is best for your current condition. Again, a therapist may be very direct in her belief that you need to go to the hospital, but she can never force you.

Have you been able to see a physician who is knowledgeable of ED's? Seeing a physician will provide you and your therapist with more information to better understand which direction in treatment would be best. If you are not sure where to find a physician, please call the NEDA Helpline at 1-800-931-2237 and they will assist you with this.

I hope you are doing well!!! Please let me know if you need help with anything!!


I am so happy that you are seeing a therapist! It totally common to still not fully open up after two sessions. The first few sessions are for you to feel comfortable, and you should not worry about still having your guard up. This will change with time!

Like Michael said, your therapist cannot force you to go to the hospital. Unless you are under the age of 18, then that is not something to worry about. But your therapist can suggest it. When this happens, it may be something to take to heart and really think about. The therapist knows what they are talking about and even if it may not seem like it, they want what is best for you.

Stay Strong!


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