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Friday, August 5, 2011

Living with a Recovering Anorexic: Tips for Families and Friends

by Ann Olson, Contributor in Health and Wellness @ Yahoo!

"Anorexia Nervosa is a debilitating and frightening illness where a person may starve to death, desperate to lose weight to the point that some people have cut their own tongues. Others will commit suicide as a result of their plummeting self-esteem and body image. Some will starve to death, if not treated. If their starvation does not end in death, most end up chronically ill for the rest of their lives with poor health, and subsequently have additional mental conditions, such as depression. Anorexia Nervosa is not without hope, however - many anorexics do recover and maintain a normal, healthy life. If you are a family member or friend of a recovering anorexic, you may not know how to act around him or her, or don't know how to maintain a close relationship without being too "triggering". So how do you maintain a normal relationship and support them in their journey to recovery? Here are some guidelines to follow if you're not sure how to deal with this situation:"

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If you have a loved one that may be recovering from anorexia, what are some challenges you may have faced along their recovery journey?  Which of the tips listed in this article can help you along this process?

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