Your child can fully recover and thrive even though calories are displayed everywhere. Exposure & desensitisation to calories on menus in cafés and restaurant.
Raging at an eating disorder demon might lose you the intended benefits of externalizing. I give examples of alternatives.
Phase 2, and coaching your child towards normal life, is an essential part of treatment, often poorly done
When your child is in recovery from an eating disorder, you may decide she’s safe enough to go on a school trip. At the same time, there’s an element of risk. What if 10 days away from your supervision is just too much? What if she eats without anxiety but not enough to compensate for all the physical activity?
When my daughter was in this situation, I prepared a flow chart to help me discuss measures with the teacher in charge of the trip. I offer it to you here to help you get started.
What are the behavioural, mood and physical warning signs that warn a school that a pupil may have an eating disorder?
Bizarre but normal effects of an eating disorder and malnutrition. These will pass with eating disorder treatment.
In case your searches have led you to wonder if your child might have PANS or PANDAS
This website has lots of information, and I’ve produced many more resources. I guide you to the bits you need right now.
The combination of autism and an eating disorder. Signs of autism; tips from parents; links to more resources.
In this post I offer you three evidence-based approaches to address the effect of traumas large and small, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Our lives, as we support a child with an eating disorder, is peppered with distressing or fearful events — some affect us for a day, and some can bring us to tears, or invade our sleep, even when all is well again. It’s not uncommon for parents to report PTSD.
Our children too accumulate traumas: there’s the eating, the delusional states, the treatment centres, the suicidality, the sense of being utterly alone and misunderstood, and the terrible fights with parents and siblings.
Some traumas stick and lead to post-traumatic stress. Others make us grow and lead to post-traumatic growth.
How can we transform the things that deeply shocked our word into wisdom, gratitude, expansion? Or, less ambitiously, how can we stop being reacting disproportionately to the slightest trigger?