Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Pinterest LinkedIn RSS Podcasts Video Library Blog
 - Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Chicago

When to Seek Help

Any time you feel out of control or feel you can’t manage your health, you should seek help. Eating disorders are difficult to overcome without professional help because they can take over your life. Many people with eating disorders will spend a good portion of their day thinking about food or how to avoid it. And the physical problems that often accompany eating disorders can make living a normal, healthy life nearly impossible.

If you think you have an eating disorder, or you’re struggling with your body image or weight, you might benefit from consulting with a physician or psychologist who can help you understand what’s going on and lead you to the best treatment for you.

If you believe someone you love has an eating disorder, urge him or her to talk to a physician about it. In many cases, you will not be able to force a person to see a doctor, but you can be supportive and encouraging. If you suspect someone you love is suffering from any eating disorder, talk to him or her. Let him or her know that you are concerned and you’re willing to listen. Try not to be judgmental or critical because people with eating disorders often feel overly criticized and use food as a way to cope with their emotions. If you have a child who you believe has an eating disorder, consider talking with his or her doctor about your concerns.


For extreme emergency (immediate threat of harm), call 911.

If you have an urgent need to speak with someone, please call our psychiatric emergency line at

312-926-8100, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you or a loved one needs help with an eating disorder, please call one of our psychotherapists who specialize in eating disorders at 312-458-9973 to schedule a consultation. Your calls will typically be answered the next business day.

Last UpdateFebruary 8, 2011


For more information or to make an appointment please call 312-458-9973.