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Hi! Sorry I’m just now responding! My notifications are being weird- does that ever happen to you?
I totally understand not wanting to alarm your loved ones. It’s really hard to juggle your own personal feelings, and the guilt you may have about “burdening” your loved ones. I so struggle with that. It’s hard. But reminding myself I am NOT a burden, the people in my life love me and are here because they WANT to be (no matter what we tell ourselves when we are guilt-tripping ourselves nobody is chained to us. With very few exceptions, the people in our lives are here because they want to be.) I think your grandmother probably feels a lot better knowing you are open with her about your struggles than she would if she had to constantly ask you to tell her what was wrong, or if she was always wondering if you were ok. Chances are, she may see some of your issues, opening up and asking her for help would relieve some anxiety about wondering. And if she’s not seeing it yet, I’m sure she will be grateful that you are coming to her before and giving her the chance to support you.
As for resources in your area- I’m not actually familiar with the peer groups and therapists in that area. When I’m at work tomorrow I am going to find out which Regional Mental Health Board serves your town and get one of their resource guides for you!! Also, you can go to our map page (sometimes the link can be hard to see- it’s not where our tabs are – it’s all the way at the top of the left corner- it says “map”) you can search for therapists, groups, and treatment centers(and more things) in your area!
I’m so happy that you recognize that you need a little help with your eating.
Also- I would try to get as much protein in as possible- peanut butter on crackers and sandwiches with deli meat are great- and as much smoothies as you can stomach! At least that way you know you’re getting some fruit protein powder and maybe even a veggie (carrots or beets go well in fruit smoothies and aren’t “gross”).
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