Anorexia/Eating Disorders/How can I help my friend?

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My best friend began suffering with an eating disorder almost three years ago now and over that time she has slowly kept getting worse. A few months ago she was admitted to a child psychiatric hospital and has still not improved much and she has to be fed some of her food through a tube.
It is extremely difficult to get through to her and to try and help her see what she is doing so she can start making herself better. I find it extremely difficult to know what to say to her as it's horrid to watch her go through this and I feel like there is nothing I can do to try and help. I was just wandering if you could give me any advice on what to say to her and how I could help or support her in any way?

Thank you.

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Hi Amy,

I am so sorry you are going through this with your friend. You have every right to be concerned. Have you tried talking to her parents or a school counselor about your concerns?

In the meantime, I encourage you to check out these websites for tips for dealing with friends suffering from anorexia.

http://voices.yahoo.com/living-recovering-anorexic-tips-families-684572.html

http://www.something-fishy.org/helping/whatyoucando.php

http://ehealthmd.com/content/how-can-i-help-family-member-or-friend-anorexia-ner

http://www.anorexia-reflections.com/anorexia-support.html#axzz2HuQsf6v8

I hope you find these resources helpful. Please let me know if I can answer any other questions or do anything else to help.

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Mary Pritchard

Expertise

I can answer questions about the psychology of eating, disordered eating attitudes and behaviors such as drive for thinness, drive for muscularity, binge eating, body dysmorphia, dieting, excessive/obsessive exercise, and body dissatisfaction. I can also answer questions about anorexia and bulimia.

Experience

I have a PhD in Psychology and teach courses in the Psychology of Health and the Psychology of Eating. I have been conducting research on disordered eating and exercise behaviors for 15 years.

Organizations
Midwestern psychological association, rocky mountain psychological association

Publications
Over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles in journals such as Eating Behaviors, Eating Disorders, and Eating and Weight Disorders

Education/Credentials
PhD in Psychology from the University of Denver

Awards and Honors
30 teaching awards, have received funding to conduct my research from academic institutions and state and local government

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