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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.

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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.
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.
Early detection and intervention are key for keeping your child/loved one on the path of recovery. Listed below are some Red Light tips on what to look for to quickly identify if your loved one is relapsing.
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.
A common misperception about eating disorders is that these serious illnesses only affect women. In reality, eating disorders can and do affect men and boys.
Despite increased prevalence of eating disorders in the United States, widespread misconceptions about eating disorders remain that challenge identification, diagnosis and early intervention. To truly protect and advocate for their children, it is important that parents understand the truth behind common eating disorder myths.
At some time or another, all mothers have been there—we spend hours slaving over a lovely meal (or after a busy day, we defrost some tasty leftovers) and we lovingly place the plate in front of our child. Our efforts to feed them a delicious, balanced meal is met with screaming, crying, throwing, spitting, the silent treatment, demands for different food or an exasperating combination of these refusal behaviors.
First semester pressures for young adults can create the perfect storm for eating disorders development. Common triggers include dieting to avoid the “freshman 15,” stress from academic and social pressures and anxiety related to being away from home.
Staying active is a key part of maintaining health and happiness for all of us – and certainly something we want to instill in our children. As parents, however, it important to recognize when your child is taking their desire to be active and get regular exercise too far.
Stress among children and adolescents is on the rise, and mental health professionals are seeing the impact as more children seek treatment for stress-initiated behavioral illnesses such as eating disorders.

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