Harriet Parsons: advice to carers on externalising the eating disorder


-: The second thing that can be really helpful is to try and externalize the eating disorder from the person. So separate out the eating disorder from your person. That makes the eating disorder an it, and if it is an it, then you can talk about it. It also reduces the blame that a person will feel. You’re able to say look, I’m really angry with your eating disorder. I’m not angry with you but I’m angry with your eating disorder. Or this eating disorder is driving me crazy. And it also gives the person a way of talking to you about the eating disorder as well. They can say my head is at me, you know or sometimes people give it a name and they say so and so is making me do it. I don’t want to do this mom but so and so is making me do it. So that can be really helpful as well.

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