Eating Disorder Awareness: National Eating Disorders Assn. · Bulimia.com · Center For Change · Psych2Go.net · Phone Helplines
The term eating disorder refers to a group of behavioral health problems that involve a combination of specific mental health and physical symptoms. These conditions and their associated symptoms can severely impact your life and negatively affect your overall well-being and functioning.
Some of the more common eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. Each eating disorder has different diagnostic criteria, though certain symptoms may be shared. For instance, there is the category Other Specified Feeding/Eating Disorder, which describes an eating disorder that causes a great deal of emotional and physical distress but does not meet the official criteria for one of the more common disorders.
Calling an eating disorder hotline can provide you with the support, information, and guidance you need to start on the road to recovery from an eating disorder. It also offers a compassionate ear if you simply need someone to listen to your concerns, or if you need to talk things through with someone who can give you proper guidance.
A hotline can be an especially beneficial first step toward eating disorder recovery since the relatively anonymous nature of the call can help reduce the initial embarrassment or shame you may have about discussing your struggles. They can also clarify any further questions you may have about specific behavioral health issues and symptoms.
National Eating Disorders Association Helpline: 1-800-931-2237
Monday–Thursday from 9 a.m.– 9 p.m. EST, and Friday from 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. EST.
Hopeline Network: 1-800-442-4673
Overeaters Anonymous: 1-505-891-2664
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders: 1-630-577-1330
Monday–Friday from 10 a.m.– 6 p.m. EST
Crisis Textline: Text CONNECT to 741741