The aim here is to provide clear information and practical guidance for AN sufferers and their family/friends so that they are better informed about the condition and empowered to intervene early.
Early intervention makes the difference between full recovery and a possible death. My daughter recalled the three steps leading to her mind switch that helped her in reversing the downward spiral:
UNDERSTAND. First, she made the connection between research information and the story of others with what she was experiencing.
ACCEPT. Second, she stop denying that there was a problem and acknowledge her condition of AN.
ACT. Finally, she decided to trust her family to help her (ie: at the start it was to simply eat what she was served).
There are professionals who are able to help the sufferers and their families in overcoming this condition. While they are experts in the field, be confident that you are the expert of your child/person with AN, a collaboration should yield optimal outcome. In the cases where the person with AN is still living at home with the family, the family can effectively intervene and administer the feeding of the body and the mind.
When you have decided to collaborate with professionals, choose this help carefully. Have an open discussion on their views of AN to ensure that they are up to date with current research that genetic and biology has an important role in AN and that AN is not caused by life challenges/problems (Refer to sections on AN: An Informed Perspective and Thrive Again).
As an example, the following actions were carried out at home by the founder of EitRF.org to help her daughter to a full recovery and continued self-discovery. These actions were based on the understanding why AN happens (refer back to Scientific Explanation That Makes Sense) and A Guide for Patients and Their Families by Dr. Guisinger (in English and Italian).
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