I told my parents about my bulimia. What can I do to make them understand?

I am 18 and I have been bulimic for the past 2 years. I just recently told my parents about my condition. They seemed concerned and said they would try to find me help. Lately, anytime I bring the subject up my parents ignore me or act like I am a hypochondriac. I know I need help because I feel like I am losing control. I have been bingeing and purging off and on for the whole 2 years, sometimes 3 to 5 times a day. I feel helpless. I can’t do this without my parent’s support. I can’t stop by myself. What can I do to make them understand my situation?

Perhaps your parents don’t know what to do or say? I would suggest that you ask your doctor for a referral to a psychologist who treats people with eating disorders. You could also ask your school counselor or school health service to refer you to someone. Then ask one or both of your parents to go with you to the appointment. If they don’t go with you, ask a friend who knows your situation. It would be good if you had your parent’s support, but if they are unable to help, ask a friend for support. You can do this.

You could also ask your parents to read my bulimia topic to give them some background information.