Anorexia and Bulimia in the Family: One Parent's Practical Guide to Recovery

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How bad can it get?

How bad can it get? The answer unfortunately is — very very bad, for sufferers who put their lives at serious risk by restricting intake of food, by upsetting the balance of minerals and other essential nutrients for their bodies, and yet who seem to have no real comprehension of the danger they put themselves in. And, of course, for carers who see their much loved son or daughter or partner physically disappearing before their eyes and their personality change dramatically. Few carers happen to have had some useful professional training, in which case they may have some idea of what might help. However, the frustration remains the same, perhaps causing even more difficulties for those carers from the medical and other health professions, who find that all their training gives them no more help in knowing what to do when their own family is affected.

There appear to be different degrees of the illness anorexia nervosa. With help and support, some people recover within months or a year or two, while others struggle for years but “make a recovery”, enough to allow them to work and lead a relatively ordinary life. In some cases, Anorexia takes over completely and life for the sufferer, and for her family, becomes a nightmarish struggle over years.

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