Tag: carers

advocacy From post-traumatic stress to post-traumatic growth

From post-traumatic stress to post-traumatic growth

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My son Joe developed anorexia at the age of 12 in 2002. He lost 25 per cent of his body weight in 12 weeks. Since that torrid time, I have known that caring for a loved one with an eating disorder is exhausting, distressing, disorientating, excruciating and terrifying. As with...

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advocacy Lived experience counsellors take support into the family home

Lived experience counsellors take support into the family home

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A new counselling service is providing education and support for those caring for someone with an eating disorder. Eating Disorders Families Australia’s (EDFA) new Fill The Gap counselling service is specifically designed to support eating disorder carers during the often long and exhausting years of supporting a loved one through...

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advocacy Eating Disorder Families Australia launches free counselling for carers

Eating Disorder Families Australia launches free counselling for carers

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Recovery from an eating disorder is an incredibly challenging journey – not only for the person experiencing the eating disorder, but also for those who are caring for them. When someone is recovering from an eating disorder, having a professional team around them is vital. A treatment team would typically...

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advocacy Share your story and help parents get their kid back

Share your story and help parents get their kid back

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The book My Kid is Back means a lot to me because my parents did not see their kid come back. When I developed anorexia nervosa (AN) at age 11 (shortly after this picture was taken) there was no help for my parents or me. I wish my parents had...

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Eating Disorders Supporting and involving families will help recovery and cut ED treatment costs

Supporting and involving families will help recovery and cut ED treatment costs

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Families do not cause an eating disorder (ED). However, the family’s role in treatment and recovery is crucial. This is because the best place to heal from an ED is in the home. However, for this to happen, we need greater support in the home, to enable carers to practise...

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Eating Disorders The Role of a Support Person in Eating Disorder Treatment

The Role of a Support Person in Eating Disorder Treatment

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The most important thing you can do when assisting someone with an eating disorder is to prepare by educating yourself as much as possible about eating disorders. You will need to constantly remind yourself that behind this illness is the person you are trying to reach and care for. The...

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Dear Diary Raising the alarm on eating disorders: carers need care, too

Raising the alarm on eating disorders: carers need care, too

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… for many carers, the experience of caring has changed their lives irrevocably and highlights the need for adequate and tailored support services for carers. – Butterfly Report Raising the Alarm: Carers Need Care Too, 2019 Australian research has revealed a critical need for support for not only people with eating...

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Eating Disorders Carers of eating disorder patients face dual challenge _ they need care too

Carers of eating disorder patients face dual challenge _ they need care too

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Caring for somebody who has a mental illness is challenging, exhausting, worrying and life changing in equal measures; but when you care for a loved one suffering an eating disorder you must rise to the dual challenges of meeting the physical and emotional needs of a sick loved one. Louise Sezgin...

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