My Treatment Team Want Me To Go To A Residential Program But I Don’t Feel That I Need To Be There And I Am Starting To Feel Angry With The People That Are Trying To Help Me And I Am Not A Person That Ever Feels Angry. How Do I Learn To Trust Them?

Hi Stacey: A Strong Emotional
Amy Colwell – 08/16/2011 – 21:21

Hi Stacey:

A strong emotional reaction such as anger can offer a clue that this is an important decision for you.

There are many different types of treatment programs available. Residential programs offer a more intensive level of care, and a supportive healing environment.

Building trust takes time. It may help to remember that your treatment team is looking out for your best interests, and want you to get the best care. It is perfectly normal to feel a range of intense emotions when faced with difficult choices and life changes. Asking questions and talking about your feelings are two strategies that sometimes help. The more information you have, the better able you will be to make the right treatment choice for you. Wishing you well.


Thanks Amy For Taking The
stacey456 – 08/19/2011 – 14:13

Thanks Amy for taking the time to respond to my question. It’s hard for me to think that I feel angry towards the people that are trying to help me the most. I am not generally an angry person. I talked to my insurance company and they do not cover residential/inpatient for eating disorders at all so I am not sure what my next step can be because I can’t afford it on my own. I feel like I am going to have to live the rest of my life with this disease. I appreciate you taking the time to write me. You sound like a very supportive person! Take care!


Hi Stacey: I’m Sorry That It
Amy Colwell – 08/23/2011 – 20:54

Hi Stacey:

I’m sorry that it is proving to be so difficult to find an affordable residential treatment program. It’s not surprising that you feel angry – quite understandable under the circumstances. I am wondering whether your treatment team has any further suggestions regarding treatment options that would be a good fit for you. In the meantime, please don’t give up hope – recovery is always a possibility, and there are lots of different treatment options available.

Sometimes. it helps to join a support group which will connect you to others who may be going through similar challenges. A caring and encouraging network of people can offer a special kind of support, especially when they have experienced first hand what it is like to have an eating disorder.

I am also wondering whether your anger is a result of mood swings which can occur when your body is not getting enough nourishment. Eating disorders can cause emotional ups and downs as your body attempts to cope with the effects of metabolic imbalances caused by a lack of food. This may also be something to discuss with your treatment team.

Remember – you deserve to get better. Although it is frustrating to hit roadblocks, keep exploring different treatment alternatives until you find one that works for you. You’re worth it! Take care of yourself.


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