Tag: eating disorder

Something’s wrong: My friend has lost so much weight

May 15, 2017 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

A young teen wonders how to help her friend whom she thinks has an eating disorder.

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Friendships after recovering from an eating disorder

August 3, 2015 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

A teen’s friend dumps her after she recovers from an eating disorder, leaving her confused about what happened.

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Can parents be substitute friends?

November 11, 2011 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

Parents can’t replace teen friendships but they can help fill lonely hours   QUESTION Hello Irene,  Over the years my daughter has struggled with social issues and having friends. Like many of the stories I read, our daughter is beautiful, athletic, top grades, straight (no drinking or smoking), good at conversations etc. etc.  Yet, her […]

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Guest Post – Finding friendship and courage in Verona

December 10, 2010 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

by Maria Rainier   Since developing anorexia and bulimia as a freshman in college, I’ve found it very difficult to make, never mind maintain, close friendships with women. I began recovering from my disorders halfway through college, literally two months before I was scheduled to study abroad for a semester. I should have gone into […]

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Making Friends: When should I disclose my emotional baggage?

September 12, 2010 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene: I have difficulty making new friends because of all of the heavy stuff I have to reveal to them. I’ve tried two basic approaches. The first is the "early hook:" making a good first impression. What I mean is that upon first talking to someone, I’m uncharacteristically pleasant, relaxed, and outgoing. I […]

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Contending with the Food Police

QUESTION Dear Irene, What can you say to buddies in this situation to get them off your back: You go to a restaurant. They order burgers and fries. You order a salad. They mock you and proceed with comments like "That’s not real food. Why do you always get a salad? Are you trying to […]

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