It is really great to hear she has a supportive network. Having a willing and able to supportive network is a big part in someone's recovery. Seeing a psychologist and probably a psychiatrist with experience in eating and mood disorders is definitely the right direction.
Just another note:
The difficulty I have found with most people supporting loved ones with mental and emotional difficulties is that often their approach, although meaning well, ends up driving the person further away from getting help. Instead of telling them what there problem is and what they need to do about it (e.g., you have a depression and you need to see a psych) it is a lot more effective to have an open conversation where you express your concerns and ask if they need to talk to you about anything. Let them know you are there, even if they are saying they are fine. Refrain from telling them what they need to do, empower them to acknowledge they have a problem and what they feel they need to do to address it. This can be very hard to do as often we feel quite powerless in this situation.
A lot of people battle with shame around what they are suffering from so avoid talking to others out of fear of judgement. Let them know you won't judge them and will support them no matter what. People also think they will burden their loved ones, if they share their diffciulties, so avoid talking about it for that reason. Let them know you are there for them, no matter what and would never feel burdened by their troubles, that you only want to help.
If you are already doing the above that is fantastic and if not, don't beat yourself up, you are doing the very best you can and you care for the wellbeing of your daughter. Don't forget to be mindful of your own care during this time. Seek support from friends, family or other professionals, don't do it on your own.
Putting the above aside, if you have grave concerns for her wellbeing, that is her life is in danger due to her current weight and/or mental health, please contact the acute care mental health team in your district and/or local GP as in some circumstances, involuntary treatment orders can be put in place to address the immediate crisis situation.
All the best to you and your family.
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