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No one ever thinks their child or loved one will develop an eating disorder. But if that happens, you will need to understand the illness and how you can support the recovery process. Our Resource Center is filled with tips, checklists and information to educate and inform you on how to take care of your loved one – and yourself.

An individual’s needs during the holidays will depend upon their level of recovery. Someone new to treatment without solid footing in recovery will have different needs than someone else a few years post-treatment. Nevertheless, there are a few general guidelines loved ones can keep in mind when approaching the holidays. 
How might a spouse navigate some of the common questions that arise during the course of their partner’s eating disorder treatment? We address questions and concerns that significant others face in trying to support their loved ones. On-going support is also necessary to give the caregiver the proper tools to function effectively in this difficult role. 
Parents with a child in treatment for an eating disorder often wonder how, what, and when to communicate with others about their child’s diagnosis and treatment.  If you are in this position, there are a few things to consider prior to sharing information about your child's health with others.
When supporting a loved one with an eating disorder, it is important for family members to explore their own body image and how that may impact their loved one’s treatment and recovery process. 
Compassion fatigue is a form of burnout which “is caused by empathy” and “is the natural consequence of stress resulting from caring for and helping traumatized or suffering people” according to psychologist Dennis Portnoy. Understand what compassion fatigue is and how to recover. 
One way to understand school refusal is as a form of avoidance. If a child avoids the stressor by staying home from school, they feel immediately better, which then reinforces the avoidance. The problem with this pattern is that if we avoid what scares us, it becomes harder and harder to approach the feared situation or experience over time.
This glossary covers common levels of care, common therapy terms, and common credentials encountered in the eating disorder treatment setting. 
When one child is in treatment for an illness, be it medical or psychological, there is an impact on the entire family system. Although there will naturally be an emphasis on meeting the needs of the child in treatment, there are also things that can be done to attend to all the children in the family during this time. Here are a few things parents can consider:
Discussions about suicide and depression are not easy. As family members of a loved one struggling with suicidal thoughts or attempts, you may feel a weight of responsibility for your loved one’s feelings or actions. “Is it something I did or said? Is it something I could have prevented? How can I help?” The fact is, the actions of our loved ones are out of our control. However, we can take steps to better understand warning signs, risk factors and what to do when we notice them.
Establishing effective communication patterns and ways of supporting a partner struggling with an eating disorder can be challenging.  There are several things a partner can do to weaken some of these barriers.

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