Practicing honesty about triggers with medical professionals who are outside of our treatment or recovery team is very important but can also be extremely scary. Most medical professionals who do not specialize in caring for individuals with eating disorders lack enough experience and do not have as much knowledge about eating disorders.
This can lead to negative or even harmful interactions with plenty of triggers.
For many of us, our first step in recovery is visiting our general practitioner and disclosing our eating disorder behaviors and possibly physical symptoms.
Although many doctors are becoming more educated about eating disorders, there are still a larger number of doctors who do not consider eating disorders a life-threatening illness, unless it fits the textbook definition and meets certain concrete criteria. Being honest can also expose you to the possibility of being triggered.
It’s important to remember most triggering statements from your doctor are usually said out of ignorance.
Also, triggers can provide you an opportunity to use your voice and possibly educate your doctor about eating disorders.
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