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5 Ways to Make Your Campus a Safe Space for Recovery: Tip 2

By Kimberly Neil--

2) Take advantage of the resources your school has to offer.

I completely understand being afraid of a new doctor, therapist, or support group. It takes the same amount of courage to open up about having a problem in the first place as it does to commit to recovery. Having a Type A, overachieving personality is so common among people who have experienced an eating disorder.

It is completely logical to have a good amount of uncertainty that might keep you from reaching out – especially if you dealt with your ED and all of the pressures of college admissions. Eating disorders are complex, and some colleges are more equipped to deal with and/or support someone in recovery than others. While you’re on your campus, you literally are not alone. I can almost guarantee that someone, somewhere cares about you and wants to see you successfully complete your degree and graduate.

So, you might have to decide if you want to open up about your ED to someone on campus. Hopefully, you’ll have the support of family, friends, and maybe even your old treatment team in that process. It is also completely fine to seek professional help in the form of therapy, or even finding a doctor off campus if that is something you can afford. If you have insurance, there is usually a way to check with your company and find a list of providers in the area.

That being said, most colleges offer a few free sessions with a school counselor each semester. It is so important to know that regardless of how many happy strangers you see around campus on a daily basis, or despite the number of smiles that fill the pages on your college’s web site, the idea that everyone has to be happy 100% of the time in college is completely false.

Depression and anxiety are often as secretive as EDs – and sometimes talking about that aspect of what you’re struggling with at the moment to a school counselor can be enough to help you get on your feet again. If counseling feels like too much, you can always look into residential/student life staff. These employees are often closer to traditional college age, and you might find they can be there for you in unexpected ways.

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