Eating disorders can endanger a child’s life and disrupt an entire family and while you may know you need to do something to help your child you may be at a loss as to how. One of the first thing you need to do is to realize that your child has a severe illness, you cannot fix it and your child needs specialized eating disorder treatments to get better. Many parents simply do not understand eating disorders and think that they can somehow make them better just by trying to make their child eat more.
Instead you should seek out your child’s doctor for consultation or talk to a professional eating disorder specialist to find out if your child has an eating disorder and what needs to be done about it. Eating disorder treatments are a long term process so you must be patient and understand that things will not get better right away; you will need to offer you support and unconditional love to your child for the length of their treatment and trust in the process.
At Center for Discovery we offer eating disorder treatments that are targeted to adolescents and teens, offering them treatment unique to their special challenges.