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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.

Category: Parent of adult child
Tag: caregiver support

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. 
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:
Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that can take over your loved one’s life. If you have concerns for a family member’s health or if they have asked you to assist them in finding appropriate treatment, Eating Recovery Center is here to support you as you help your family member or loved one along the path to lasting eating disorders recovery.
A list of do's and don'ts for eating recovery caregivers.
If you have a loved one who is suffering from an eating disorder, life as you knew it has been turned on its head. Eating disorders impact entire families. Every member is bound to struggle with this new reality and how they fit into it.
Following is a letter written by Bonnie Brennan to anyone who is caring for a loved one with an eating disorder.
There’s no question that having a child with an eating disorder is one of the most difficult things a parent can experience.
At one time or another, we have all been guilty of using disparaging self-talk related to weight, size or shape. This tendency is so commonplace in today’s culture that there is actually a term for negative body commentary, used by the general public and clinical circles alike: “Fat talk.”
In addition to a parent's stress that their child is struggling with a complex and life threatening illness, many parents have intense guilt stemming from the belief that they contributed to the development of the eating disorder. As a result of this guilt, they can tend to shoulder the burden of “fixing” their child.
You have been doing the incredibly hard job of being present for the many different aspects of recovery and facing the truth of the pain that eating disorders bring to those that have them and to those who care for them. It’s inevitable that you will experience caregiver stress, which may come in the form of one or more of the following experiences
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