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Should I tell them? - June 10th 2017, 04:06 AM

I'm a recovering anorexic. In the middle of last December, I was put in the hospital and proceeded to miss the entire month of January regarding school. I'm very reserved on who gets to know of this irl. I'm feeling the urge to tell a particular teacher about it within a final project I'm doing for that class. This teacher seems to care about me to some extent as they acknowledge me and follow up on problems I have regarding their class and I'm willing to talk to them about my ED. I'm already committed to the project concept but I'm a bit hesitant. Is it a good idea?
   
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Re: Should I tell them? - June 10th 2017, 09:02 AM

(Love the Queen reference )

I would preface it with first asking the teacher if he/she can keep something confidential, because you're about to tell them something confidential.

Does this teacher know anything about ED?

Someone recently told me she has a ED. I've read about them so I'm not surprised. The only difference is now I tend to notice slightly more what she eats. But I also decided it's really up to her. It's not my job to police her. She hasn't asked me for any specific help. I want to be someone she can open up and talk to, because that's the best way I can be of help to her, is to be someone she can talk to, so I can't take something she tells me and use it against her, or change my friendship with her. As long as she seems OK, I assume she is OK. If she wants to tell me something, she can.

So if you feel like talking with this teacher, preface with asking the teacher if it's OK if you can talk with her, is she someone you can talk with, because you feel comfortable talking with her, and can she keep confidential what you say? If she's a skilled listener she'll listen without trying to "fix" you. (The listening itself is what helps.)

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Re: Should I tell them? - June 12th 2017, 12:34 PM

It took a lot but I got my point across. If anything they were quite horrified but understood immediately
   
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