In this video I start to address the topic of dealing with eating disorders and school. I have received a lot of feedback about this on my website and many have requested I do a video addressing this topic. So here it is:)
The first thing that you will need to think about is whether you are willing to make the commitment to treatment. I know that this is the hardest decision, but if you are not willing to take the steps needed to get better than we won’t be able to actually get better. Right? So take some time and think that over.
Once you have decided that you want to get better I would encourage you to see a therapist. Also, you may want to see a dietician. I know that you already feel overwhelmed but there are outpatient clinics that can help work around your school schedule. If you are already doing that, or if you don’t think that that will be enough, than you may want to look into different inpatient treatment options.
The most difficult decision will be to go into inpatient, but it may be your best chance at recovery. In order to complete this kind of treatment you will have to take a leave of absence from school. But school will always be there! You only have one you and one life! Let’s work towards living a healthy and happy one:)
In order to take a leave of absence from school you will need a note from either your primary care doctor or your therapist, or both. The note will just have to say that you need to take a leave from school due to medical reasons. They may have to put your diagnosis in the letter as well as any diagnostic information they have. These letters are very simple, and every doctor and therapist should have already done about a hundred of these. So don’t worry that they will think you are weird or anything. It will take them five minutes to complete. Then you pick the treatment center and take your time getting better. We are not perfect!! We cannot do it all at once!! It is overwhelming!! Trust me, I know!! So take the time to get better and we will keep working towards a healthy mind, and a healthy body.