What do you do when someone you know has an eating disorder?
What do you do when someone you know has an eating disorder? Well the first thing you need to do is to get the person to seek the services of a professional who can lead them in the right direction and give them the help they need. In addition, here are some other techniques you can use to help the person cope.
Learn as much as you can about the person's situation. There are many books and information that will educate you on how to deal with eating disorders. Share this information with the person who is struggling. Education is the key in finding the answers your looking for in managing your problems.
Be understanding and patient with the person who is struggling. Dealing with an eating disorder can be difficult for the person so do not add more problems than what is already there.
In every fearful situation you experience, begin to learn what works, what doesn’t work, and what you need to improve on in managing your fears and anxieties. For instance, you have a lot of anxiety and you decide to take a walk to help you feel better. The next time you feel anxious you can remind yourself that you got through it the last time by taking a walk. This will give you the confidence to manage your anxiety the next time around.
Another thing to remember is that things change and events do not stay the same. For instance, you may feel overwhelmed today with your problems and feel that this is how you will feel the rest of the week or month. This isn’t correct. No one can predict the future with one hundred percent accuracy. Even if the thing that you feared does happen there are circumstances and factors that you can’t predict which can be used to your advantage. You never know when the help and answers you are looking for will come to you.
Seek help from a professional. The key is to be patient, take it slow, and not to give up. In time, you will be able to find those resources that will help you with your problems.
Stan Popovich is the author of "A Layman's Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods" For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com/