It may seem odd for a dentist to talk about an eating disorder. But for dentist in Wayzata, Dr. Bjorklund, looking away is not an option. He realizes that eating disorder treatment is extremely important to live a full life, which is why he has partnered up with Park Nicollet Melrose Center to help raise awareness of eating disorder treatment for our community.
There are some shocking facts about eating disorders—specifically bulimia—you probably don’t know about. Watch our video to get all the facts:
What you can do to help
Melrose Center provides information anyone should follow when they know someone with an eating disorder. Here’s what they have to say:
The best way to help someone who is afflicted by an eating disorder is to be supportive, and approach the person with compassion, resources, and without judgment.
Here are some tips:
- Prepare: Have resources available when you approach the person. Written information about eating disorders and where to go for help may be useful.
- Talk: Speak to the person privately, and allow time to talk. Tell the person you are very concerned about him or her. Calmly tell the person the specific observations that have aroused your concern. Avoid using words that would define the person’s physical appearance. Words such as “thin,” “skinny” or “sickly” may define the exact body type the person is trying to attain. Keep the focus on problems (for example, withdrawing from others).
- Listen: Allow the person time to respond to your concerns. Listen carefully and in a nonjudgmental manner. Listening is very important in this process.
- Respond: Restate your concern about his or her health and well-being. Tell the person you are concerned, and the matter needs to be evaluated by someone who understands eating disorders.
- Get help: Tell a trusted adult immediately or get medical help if the person has problems that scare you. For example, if the person is: Bingeing and throwing up several times throughout the day, passing out or complaining of chest pains, severe stomachache or vomiting blood. Or, if the person is having suicidal thoughts.
How Melrose Center can help
At Melrose Center, patients receive medical, nutritional, and psychological care designed to empower them towards a full recovery. Our multi-disciplinary approach uses a patient and family-centered treatment model to help patients recover and live a healthy life. With inpatient and residential care options, plus three levels of outpatient treatment, Melrose Center helps patients re-enter life at a pace that feels right for them.
At Melrose Center, experts from multiple specialties work side by side. We share opinions, best practices and treatment recommendations when caring for patients with eating disorders. Care teams work closely with patients and their families to develop programs that are personalized, supportive and based on evidence based therapies for eating disorders. Care managers provide a single point of contact for families, patients and providers.
Stay tuned for our next blog, which highlights the recovery process of eating disorder including oral health.