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Self-help: an alternative to professional treatment
If for some reason you do not wish to seek professional help due to feelings of shame and guilt, financial burden, geographical distance, unpleasant experience with professionals and feeling your eating problem is not severe enough, self-help could be an acceptable and accessible form of treatment. This internet programme will guide you through the journey of self-help. Before you are engaged in this self-help programme at least you should consult your general practitioner.
When self-help may not help

You should not use a self-help programme if the following conditions apply to you:

  • You are so severely underweight that hospital treatment is warranted and only a medical practitioner could determine this.
  • You have a serious physical illness that could be affected by a change in your eating habits.
  • You are pregnant and you have not consulted your obstetrician about using a self-help programme.
  • You are severely depressed or demoralized.
  • You have other problems with impulse control, such as, problems with alcohol, drugs, or repeated self-harm.


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