An eating disorder is something that affects many young women. If you have been suffering with an eating disorder, it may be obvious to others. All of your immediate family members to passing strangers can ask you questions. How do you go about giving answers to these questions is entirely up to you. Here is how you can talk about your eating disorder in a way that you feel comfortable with
Make a list of things you feel all right to share with others. As an honorable goal of communication to others, fail to mention really heavy object when engaging in either casual or workplace conversation. Come up with three lists altogether: a list of things you feel comfortable revealing in any situation, a list of things that you can share with friends and family, and a list of difficult subject matter that should be trusted only one therapist and one or two close friends.
Get a feel for how your friends are against your eating disorder. It may be possible that a friend also suffered with symptoms, or perhaps another friend is unaware of what having an eating disorder means.
Think about how much you can handle in terms of response you can get. If a friend is unaware of eating disorders, she may ask you unsympathetic questions, like why do not you just eat. Maybe she’ll wonder why you eat too much. If you give an honest answer, she will respond with sympathy. However, some do not want to learn the truth. Some cling to what they want to believe, and some cling to a lie when the truth is too difficult to handle. It is a gamble to open up to the incredulous. You can meet accusations even after opening up with the truth. Think about this before you open up.
Talk about your eating disorder with trusted friends in the right moment. If true friend calls and asks how you’re doing, tell the truth. Let them know that you are suffering. A true friend will be there for you, and listen to your problem.
Explain where you come from. Tell the truth about what is really bothering you. Eating disorders are often the result of pain. It is easier to bury sorrow in eating disorders than dealing with the problem. By explaining why the problem started, people will come to truly understand you. Eating disorders, as you know, is rarely about food.
Ask a parent or parents to set aside time to have a serious conversation with you. Chances are, your parents know you are suffering.
Explain that you are suffering. Confess your eating disorder to parents or parents. Let it out. It is safe to confess suffering and the effects that eating disorder has caused. Be blunt and honest about the pain that it causes. Chances are, you may not even yet know exactly why eating disorder started. Do not make up excuses if you have none. Just open your heart and be honest.
Get professional help. Ask your parents to help you acquire a therapist. If your parents are not supportive for some reason, go to counseling or free public clinic. There is help, and there are ways that someone can get help for her eating disorder.
Tips and Warnings
Speak your mind. Holding your feelings inside unhealthy. If something that someone says bothers you, inform them about how that statement made you feel. You should not be punished for your illness.
Do not open up to strangers. Although you can meet a supportive person in a support group, avoid letting anyone come deep inside your soul. While sharing in a group program is often encouraged, keep it simple and real. Complete opening up should be private except in the most true of friends or trusted therapists.