Adolescence is difficult for everyone - even those without eating disorders. However for those with issues around eating and body image, the challenges of adolescence can feel overwhelming. Worries about acne, clothing, dating, and even academics can be compounded when a teen is overly focused on their weight. A small setback like a poor grade or a disappointment such as not getting asked to the Prom can be devastating for someone with an eating disorder.
The feelings of adolescence can be difficult to manage but with the help of a trained professional with an empathetic ear who understands this age group well, it is possible to learn tools to cope with the eating issues that make the teen years more difficult for some. I have worked with over 100 teens and young adults with eating issues - and thankfully helped many of them to attain permanent recovery from their negative eating and body image issues.