My Sister Is Suffering From An Eating DisorderFamilyMy Sister Is Suffering From An Eating Disorder<div class="ExternalClass228C1D8ABA9B48B2AF75B17EDC930F8A"><p>​My older sister is currently suffering from an eating disorder. Every day after school, I hear her eating, then throwing it all out in the bathroom. She is already going to therapy but she doesn't seem to understand how pale she looks. I want to help her, but she never talks to me. And even if I manage to get her to talk to me, she's always in a bad mood, and I always feel like it's my fault for everything. I feel guilty for not doing enough to help her, but she won't let me. My family already knows and they are trying too, but she doesn't let us. I want to try and help her without knowing. The worst part is that my parents aren't there to see it. They're at work and my other brother takes care of us. My brother also knows, but he won't say anything. As I said, I want to try and help her without knowing. How can I help? <br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass786654C5AB6842889186F7E0393F4D23"><p>​We are glad you are reaching out and sharing your feelings. We are not sure there is anything you can do to help her stop doing this. It is good that she is in counseling for it and perhaps it helps some of the time but telling your parents is a MUST! Your sister's counselor has got to know that it is still going on, at least in the afternoon when your parents are not home.<br></p><p>We know the feeling of helplessness is not a good one for you to have. Perhaps just focusing on letting your sister know how important she is to you is the best thing you can do. You shared that she isn't very receptive when you try to talk with her, so, perhaps writing her a note or a letter would be a better way to communicate. Try to stay positive and share things that the two of you have done in the past that you have good memories of.  ook through old family pictures and get some out that show the two of you doing something together or being somewhere that was fun. Without saying it directly you are letting her know how important she is to you and to your family.<br></p><p>Be encouraging and supportive. Even if she isn't the most pleasant to you, treat her kindly. This is an illness that she is dealing with. It is an emotional problem that directly affects her physical health. Be understanding and supportive.<br></p><p>Let us know how things are going and whether there is anything we can do to be of help in the future.<br></p><p>Pat, Counselor<br></p></div>15

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