It doesn’t matter about age, gender, ethnicity or background — anyone can develop an eating disorder. That’s because eating disorders are complex mental illnesses and there is no one single cause for them. The symptoms for eating disorders also present differently for each individual, which makes self-diagnosis or diagnosis without a professional’s input extremely difficult and potentially dangerous. It’s also worth noting that diagnoses and symptoms can change over time, so being guided on your recovery journey with the help of a psychologist or GP is advisable.
Below are some tools to help you decide whether you or a loved one need to seek professional help for an eating disorder.