048 Fighting Anorexia – Crimes Against Clients.

by Anne-Sophie

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In this episode of Fighting Anorexia, I talk about Crimes against Clients. I share my personal experience and those of my listeners and readers.

I go into the following points:

  • Weight

    There are many patients who experience not being helped because they are not underweight. People can starve themselves even if they are not underweight. It doesn’t mean that those who are underweight are more sick than those who are not. Everybody who eats disorder is in danger.

  • Age

    The perception that eating disorders can’t happen to older people is absolutely wrong. If your doctor doesn’t take care of you because you’re not a teenage girl, then see another physician. Everybody deserves to be treated, no matter the age.

  • Money

    It is so sad to see that people are still denied treatment because of their financial background. However, there are many ways to receive treatment. Don’t take no for an answer.

  • Not Being Taken Seriously

    I wasn’t taken seriously by  a few doctors, including my own father. I think physicians are still not educated enough to see the signs of eating disorders. If you feel like your therapist isn’t listening to you or is thinking you are making stuff up, then look for another one. You don’t have to be belittled. Your professional help should always be understanding and should take your feelings very seriously.

  • Being Ridiculed

    My therapist once laughed at me. Yes, he really did. That’s when I gave up on myself. Whatever you are experiencing, if you don’t completely trust your therapist or doctor or if you feel you cannot tell them what is really on your mind, then the therapy process will be extremely difficult. You should always be confident that your doctor has your back.

  • Gender

    As I shared in last week’s episode, men are treated especially bad because of the stigma surrounding eating disorders.

It is up to us to change the dialogue and make people aware of what it is they should and can expect from their physician. Don’t let them walk all over you. You are the one who needs help and you deserve to get it.

What crimes have you experienced in the past or maybe even the present?

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Susan Bewley May 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I’m downloading some of your podcasts to listen to later when I’m working. Its inspiring hearing someone else who has recovered. I remember no one taking me seriously when I first decided to get help. I ended up fighting it without much of any professionally help, which was a completely nightmare.

No one took me seriously that I had an eating disorder because I was considered a healthy weight all throughout middle school, high school, and college. No one believed that I gagged myself after every meal, that I overate just to make throwing up easier, and I usually ate one meal a day. To keep me full, I filled up on water and soda. I would exercise when I had the energy.

It wasn’t until college, and one relapse then that I took it seriously. If I had professional help that took me seriously (yeah, my therapist laughed at me too…and I refused to see one for another eight years), i likely wouldn’t have gone into depression and hit the other side of the spectrum.

While I am overweight now, I have finally learned to lose weight slowly and not relapse, something that has taken a great deal of pride for me. I still have that fear in the back of my mind of going back, but I have the help of my wonderful husband. I have tried helping others as well, but I have not gone as far as you.

Sorry if I gave a bit too much info. Just trying to show how those of us who have or have had eating disorders don’t fit in a nice little package. Keep up the good work. After having turned my back on my eating disorder for nearly eight years now, i can tell you it gets better =^-^=
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Anne-Sophie May 15, 2012 at 3:32 am

Susan,

I am so sorry to hear that. It really is horrible what we must go through. You’ve been laughed at too? Can I just punch your former therapist please?
I hate that this is such a common theme that we’re not taken seriously. Yes, I agree with you that worse things could have been prevented if doctors and therapists were trained in the right way. After all, it’s their job to know how to deal with these things, isn’t it?

I am so glad though that you’ve found a healthy way to deal with everything your eating disorder and depression has thrown your way, even if it is a fate I wish you didn’t have to have.

You are an inspiration and a great sign of hope that one can deal with everything and never ever give up, no matter how hard things are. I am so glad you are at a better place now, Susan.

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Kylie May 15, 2012 at 10:55 am

A therapist I went to called me arrogant.
Fortunately, I knew not to go back and see her again. She did me a favour really. I wasn’t getting anywhere with her, and it made me find another therapist, who has been much more understanding about Ed issues.
It’s a shame everyone doesn’t think that doctors are just people with different jobs to us, sure, but just people. they don’t have the right to make you feel worse. Treat doctors like you would a plumber or an electrician. If you don’t like thier work or attitude, dont go back.
Recovery is hard enough without being intimidated/ ridiculed or belittled as well.

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Anne-Sophie May 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Hi Kylie,

good to see you here again. Calling you arrogant? Holy s**t. Who do those people think they are? But I am glad it worked in your favor and you’ve found someone who treats you as you should be treated.

Yes, doctors are just people with special training, but we are all trained in one way or another, so that does not make a difference.
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