Dr. Kim DiRé: Hello, my name is Dr. Kim DiRé. The holidays are coming up, and your loved ones are going to be coming home. If you start to notice that your loved ones during the holidays are having a little bit of a shift in mood, like some depression and anxiety, and you’re recognizing some eating disorder behavior, I want to give you a few tips of what you can do for those situations.
One is you can listen versus judging them. Another one is that you can be curious versus being assumptive or accusatory. The other one is you want to offer resourcing rather than threatening them. You want to give them resources, so they can help themselves, like coming to Healthy Futures, which offers individual eating disorder therapy or intensive outpatient eating disorder therapy.
Offer them some really good listening, being curious, and offer them resources, so they can go and help themselves. I think you’ll find a better position that you’ll be in by helping your loved ones and getting them the help they need when they come home for the holidays and you’re noticing something isn’t quite right.
Would you know what to do when you recognize depression or anxiety with some eating disorder behavior in a loved one?