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Do I have an eating disorder

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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.

Do I have an eating disorder?

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.

Reach Out And Recover - ROAR

The ROAR website is an interactive tool to support people who have eating and body concerns, and who feel distressed because of these concerns.

ROAR helps people to see the extent and impact of their problems and will provide help with the next steps to take towards recovery. It also has a self-assessment tool that can produce a personalised report to take to the GP. It was developed with extensive input from lived experience of help seeking and clinical expertise.

Go to the ROAR website

Reach Out And Recover

For parents and carers - Feed Your Instinct

Feed Your Instinct (FYI) is an interactive tool designed to help people who are concerned about a loved one’s eating and/or body image problems.

The FYI Eating and Body Image Checklist outlines some behaviour changes you may have noticed in a loved one. Once the checklist is completed, FYI will generate a personalised report with a summary of the information you have provided and suggested strategies for you to implement.

This report may help you to make a decision about how to act on your concerns; however, please note that it is not safe to ‘watch and wait’ with possible eating disorders in young people. In addition, FYI will generate a separate printable summary for you to take to your family doctor/GP to help communicate your concerns.

Go to the Feed Your Instinct website

Complete FYI checklist

Resources

EDV Hub

The Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV) Hub is a free and confidential service providing information and support to people who are experiencing an eating disorder or are supporting a loved one with an eating disorder. The EDV Hub isn’t a diagnostic service, however we can help connect you with health professionals who have expertise in eating disorders.

How do I contact the Hub?

  • Call 1300 550 236 or (03) 9417 6598 between 9.30am – 5pm, Monday – Friday. If you are calling after hours, please leave a message and we will return your call. We understand the need for privacy, and will not say where we are calling from unless we are speaking to you directly.
  • Send us an email at edv@eatingdisorders.org.au
  • Drop in and talk to any of our trained volunteers between 9.30am – 4pm, Monday – Friday at the Collingwood Football Club Community Centre, Level 2, Corner Lulie & Abbot Streets, Abbotsford, Victoria.
  • Complete the below enquiry form.

Please note that we are not a crisis service. If you need to talk to someone about suicide, call Suicide Helpline directly on 1300 651 251 to chat with a counsellor who has expertise in this area. If you need to talk about Family Violence or Sexual Assault please contact 1800 Respect on 1800 737 732 to chat with their professional counsellors.

 

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