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Talking to Your Doctor About Eating Disorders

You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with eating disorders. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
If you decide to try counseling, interview counselors who treat people with eating disorders. Be sure that you feel comfortable with the counselor. Ask the following questions:

References

Cachelin FM, Rebeck R, et al. Barriers to treatment for eating disorders among ethnically diverse women. Int J Eat Disord. 2001;30:269-278.

General information. National Eating Disorders Association website. Available at: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/general-information. Accessed July 11, 2013.

Questions to ask when considering treatment options. National Eating Disorders Association website. Available at: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/questions-ask-when-considering-treatment-options. Accessed July 11, 2013.

Seeking and securing treatment. National Eating Disorders Association website. Available at: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/seeking-and-securing-treatment. Accessed July 11, 2013.

Yager J, Devlin MJ, et al. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Eating Disorders. 3rd ed. American Psychiatric Association; 2006. Available at: http://www.guideline.gov/content.aspx?id=9318 Accessed July 11, 2013.

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