There are different treatments and support to help you, including friends, family and professionals. Receiving help early on is very important, but it is never too late.
You can start by contacting your GP who can then refer you to specialist services. You may then work with a therapist (sometimes referred to as a counsellor) who can help you by using a range of different talking techniques. They include cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy which helps you to look at the connection between relationships in your life and how you feel, and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), helping you to feel more aware of your emotions and accepting of yourself.
Group and family therapy is another option; it can be a great way to help your family understand your eating problem. Schools, colleges and university sometimes offer free counselling and support too.
Although talking treatments are usually the first kind of treatment people are offered, you may be offered medication such as antidepressants as there are no drugs specifically for eating disorders.
If your eating problem is very serious, your doctor or care team may admit you into hospital or to a clinic as an outpatient or as an inpatient. The length of stay will depend on how much help you need to recover.
If you need ‘refeeding’, you are given food with the aim of increasing weight. Some clinics will allow you to gradually increase your weight, while other clinics will want to help you back to a healthy weight as soon as possible.
If you are at risk of harming yourself, or anyone else, the Mental Health Act says that a group of professionals could make you go to hospital to help you to recover with support. This is also sometimes known as being sectioned.[clear-line] Mind. For more information or advice on eating disorders, please visit Mind. [clear-line]