There is good evidence that generally, the quicker you start treatment for an eating disorder, the shorter the time will be until you are recovered. However, try to remember that anyone can recover, even if you have been experiencing your eating disorder for a long time.
Starting treatment for an eating disorder can be challenging in many ways. We often hear from people who don’t feel they are ‘sick enough’ to warrant treatment, or they are struggling to find the desire to get better. Understanding the stages of change can be a useful way to help you understand how you’re feeling.
Another challenge to starting treatment is understanding what your options are and how to access them. On this page we have listed options for accessing treatment in Victoria. A GP can usually manage your referrals into the listed treatment options, however there are options for self-referral for some services.
A reminder that if you are yet to receive a diagnosis of an eating disorder, it’s important you visit a GP. Find out the steps for getting the most out of your appointment with a GP here.