Something I have notice since starting my recovery is the gigantic lack of understanding around eating disorders. I refuse to go to doctors because hardly any of them know anything about eating disorders, and most, along with the general public, just dismiss them as crazy phases that teenage girls go through and will one day grow out of. Many do not realize how real and serious they are.
I’ve written about this before. How eating disorders are real mental disorders and how no one understands this, but I usually came across the lack of understanding in the general public. But since going to college I have become even more aware of the lack of understanding in the medical field.
something-fishy.org has a great page on real things that doctors have said to patients. I have a post on my crazy dietician an the things she said to me, but I have also read stories and experienced stuff with college and doctors. One girl, I forget where I read this, but she was kicked out of her university, which gave her little help with her recovery, because she couldn’t gain the weight fast enough and was a “liability” instead of being put on leave because they were concerned for her.
When I went to medical on my uni’s campus to check out my fingernail they asked me only about my depression and if I could handle it. They completely ignored the eating disorder box like it didn’t exist. Like it wasn’t anything important. Or maybe since I have restored my weight they looked at me and thought, “she’s crazy. She doesn’t have an eating disorder. She’s not emaciated so she clearly is doing fine.”
I don’t want to sound cliché but eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes. I never got emaciated but the danger was still there.
I really do not know how else to say it. I will volunteer the information that I have an eating disorder with the hope that it will raise awareness. Eating disorders are real and it is just sad when those that are the only ones “qualified” to help us aren’t qualified.