The road to recovery for the Anorexic or Bulimic is long and tedious.
mortality runs as high as 20%. This means that one out of five patients may die. The other four will survive and continue on with their lives. The hardest thing for the parents is not to know which group their child will end up in. The waiting is the hardest part of it all. You want it over and done with now.
But it never happens that way. You grab on to whatever new hope arises as the years pass.
Often, the father blames the mother for not loving the child enough, and the mother blames herself for the result. Soon the father becomes so frustrated that he may even leave. The family is broken up just when the support for the patient is so necessary. The expense is so devastating. The insurance runs out and the personal debt mounts. Calls placed to the doctors are not returned, because the doctors become just as frustrated as you at the lack of response of your child.