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  • The impact of emotions and their relationship to self-efficacy are clearly important to consider in the context of family therapies for eating disorders. When caregivers experience intense emotions (e.g. fear), they lose access to their caring instincts, acquired knowledge, and competence learned.
  • Parental guilt similarly seems to rob their ability to effectively engage in recovery tasks.
  • An eating disorder emerge from a long history of parental guilt, and although the cause of the disease is not the parent’s responsibility, many blame themselves for causing the disease and not seeking immediate help.
  • Fear and self-blame are separate but related processes that negatively influence caregivers’ ability to help.

  • Learn how to set boundaries for caregiving and allow yourself to share time with friends and people with whom you feel supported.
  • Set priorities and act on them. Seek help from others (professionals, family members, other caregivers).
  • Be tolerant of yourself;

  • Understand that this is a normal feeling and do not fall into self-criticism or demand too much of yourself;

  • Perform rewarding activities;

  • Do not set goals that are difficult to achieve;

  • Maintain a sense of humor. Try to see the positive side of things;

  • Try to relate socially;

  • Perform exercise.



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