I have a loved one with an eating disorder and don't know where to go for help. He has been struggling for years but has recently started to plummett down. I fear if he doesn't get help soon it will be to late. Many of the therapist i have consulted with charge so much and he doesn't have insurance. All the inpt facility are so expensive that i don't know where to go. I don't even think he would be willing to go to one even thought he barley has energy to walk across the parking lot.
My father dealt with his eating disorder about 15 years ago and seemed to be better for awhile but now he is back to where he was. He has already lost teeth due to lack of nutrition so i know this is killing him.
I feel very frustrated, sad, and unsure what to do next.
Any adivce would help.
I am sorry to hear about your father. This seems to be something that has been going on for quite some time and its always hard to have to sit and witness someone deteriorate without having any control. Have you looked into therapists that charge on a sliding scale? That may be a better option if treatment is too expensive. You can call ANAD helpline and have them give you a list of therapists or clinics in your area who accept medicare or medicaid as well as those who use sliding scales. Also, has he thought of joining a support group? These are free and are sometimes very beneficial because they will allow him to talk with people who understand and can provide support. If he is not comfortable in a support group setting, ANAD could also connect him with a resource person who would be there for him to talk to.
Hopefully this helps. Stay strong!
I called the helpline and they gave me a couple of numbers but i haven't found any therapist that is less than $150/session and since he is unemployed that is to much. I found a mentor program but i am not sure if he as made the phone call yet. Unfortunetly he is still not all that willing to get help.
I haven't found any support groups yet that have adult males if you know of any that would be very helpfull because i know he feels alone.
Try calling Rogers Memorial, they have a special unit for Males. They may have some ideas or resources. 1-800-767-4411.
Also try to get your dad to read these articles: http://www.anad.org/get-information/males-eating-disorders/
Each day is a new day. Don't look back, just move forward.
This is really helpful thread for me. thanks for helping. Keep it up.
People with eating disorder need love, understanding and support from her family, relatives and peers.
I used to ne anorexic but my family showered me with so much love. And I stay away from people who make me feel depressed.
Thanks for posting the link ( http://www.anad.org/get-information/males-eating-disorders/ ) to that article. Very informative article.
Last edited by Laurentius (2012-05-04 08:00:58)