The main purpose of this platform is to let people know they're not alone. Whether you want to YAC AT US about it or use solutions and resources from here or other platforms we support you 100%. We do want to get you started though and share some of the tools we use as well as other resources available.
Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is a very serious mental illness that requires a lot of attention and support from the people around you. Because of the nature of the illness, oftentimes people experiencing AN don't understand or believe they have a problem. This has to do with the major body dysmorphia and obsession with how low body weight correlates with self-worth. This means if you are a support system, don't give up. Be there for your loved one or person you're supporting through recovery to ensure they receive the proper care and guidance to encourage a lower relapse rate as well.
The thing with mental illness is it's something you'll always live with. Whether people diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa are living with those tendencies or behaviors at the time doesn't necessarily mean they're not always fighting the urge to act on them. The strength it takes to go through and begin recovery is a huge step we should be acknowledging and supporting. This means listening to them if they say they're not connecting with one of their medical professionals. This means taking them to groups and appointments. This means not centering everything around food, exercise or the illness. People with mental illness are still humans with passions and goals and fears and dreams - engage in these and be a nonjudgmental place to talk about them. Not everything has to be about treatment and recovery.
It's important to be getting the proper care when treating or trying to recover from Anorexia Nervosa. This means having a treatment team who are all on the same page when it comes to your treatment plan and what you're looking for when it comes to supporting your recovery. Individuals from primary care doctors to specialized doctors, to nutritionists and dietitians as well as counsellors and psychologists should all play a role in recovery. It's okay to not have a perfect match with the first professional you meet - be selfish in your recovery and don't be afraid to say when you no longer feel comfortable or your needs are not being met.
Never be afraid to reach out to us using our YAC AT US platform, we're always here to lend an ear and work together to find resources that best suit you!
We've read through a few articles we think are helpful in finding ways to start or maintain your recovery with Anorexia Nervosa:
National Eating Disorder Information Center (NEDIC) call toll-free 1-866-633-4220 Monday through Thursday from 9am to 9pm EST and Friday from 9am to 5pm EST.
AnxietyBC Visit www.anxietybc.com or call 604- 525-7566 for self-help information and community resources.
BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information Visit www.heretohelp.bc.ca for info sheets and personal stories.
Your Local Crisis Line Crisis lines aren’t only for people in crisis. You can call for information on local services or if you just need someone to talk to. If you are in distress, call 310-6789 (do not add 604, 778 or 250 before the number) 24 hours a day to connect to a BC crisis line, without a wait or busy signal. The crisis lines linked in through 310-6789 have received advanced training in mental health issues and services by members of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information.
HealthLink BC Call 811 or visit www.healthlinkbc.ca to access free, non-emergency health information for anyone in your family, including mental health information. Through 811, you can also speak to a registered nurse about symptoms you’re worried about or a pharmacist about medication questions.
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4. Cold, F., Health, E., Disease, H., Disease, L., Management, P., & Conditions, S. et al. (2019). Self-Care for Anorexia. WebMD. Retrieved 7 December 2019, from https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/eating-disorders/anorexia-nervosa/self-care-anorexia#1
5. 10 Ways to Cope with a Relapse in Eating Disorder Recovery. (2017). National Eating Disorders Association. Retrieved 7 December 2019, from https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/blog/10-ways-cope-with-relapse-eating-disorder-recovery