Helping your Bulimic Teen

Posted on 21. Oct, 2013 by in Disorders

Unfortunately for many, eating disorders are not all that uncommon among teens. Both teen bulimia nervosa and anorexia are illnesses that can afflict anyone no matter how outwardly healthy they appear to be. This is why such illnesses should be treated seriously.

All too often a parent, guardian or other adult figure may look at their teen and have trouble believing that they are suffering from an illness like bulimia nervosa. Unlike anorexia, there is often not a huge difference in weight loss immediately. This can make it harder for some to believe that there is a problem at all, which works against teens to a huge detrimental extent. It is important that any signs of an eating disorder are treated seriously so that the teen does not feel invalidated.

Seeking treatment is another step in the right direction. When it comes to teen bulimia nervosa, there are clinics available that have the equipment and professionals needed to help teens who are suffering from this disorder. Without this professional help, recovery that does not have a high chance of relapse may be much more difficult to achieve. In fact, it is possible that recovery might not be achievable at all by some sufferers if they do not have the structured environment and professional support that a clinic is able to offer.

For these reasons, it is important for parents or guardians of teens who are suffering from bulimia nervosa to talk to their child and make it clear that they will be in need of professional help. This is a difficult step for many to take, especially since some have negative connotations in mind when they think of professional help. However, it is one of the best things that can be done for a suffering child. If you believe that your child is suffering from teen bulimia nervosa, getting them help and letting them know that their illness is serious are two good first steps to take.

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