Anorexia: Learning to Trust Others

Overview

Sometimes people who have anorexia find it difficult to trust family members, friends, health professionals, and others who are trying to help them. There are many reasons for this, such as anxiety about losing control and gaining weight. And it can be hard to adjust to a whole new way of eating, exercising, and taking care of yourself.

If you are diagnosed with an eating disorder, it may take some time to develop trust in the people who are trying to help. But you can do it with practice.

  • Listen to what others are saying about healthy eating.

    Try to be open to what they're saying.

  • Ask to read some information that supports what others say about food.
  • Learn about eating a variety of healthy foods.

    Then discuss what you have learned with the people who are trying to help.

  • Let people know how you are feeling.

    Listen to how others are feeling.

  • Try to focus on one goal at a time.

    This helps to keep things simple.

  • Accept support and feedback from other people.
  • Focus on your breathing to calm yourself when you start to feel anxious.

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Current as of: June 24, 2023

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