My now 16year old d, was diagnosed with RAN in September 2017, aged 14. BMI 13 at diagnosis. She was diagnosed after restricting only 6weeks and received good care (imo). We did FBT, she was seeing a youth psychiatrist every week to every 2weeks. Weight restoration after a couple of months, then weight going up and down around minimal healthy weight and very difficult to eat fear foods. She only missed 3months of school. Definitely no remission, with all these fear foods. No compulsive exercising.
In the summer of 2018 we went on a holiday in South- East Asia and RAN became very strong. She lost 5kg in 2weeks while my husband and I were watching and we were paralysed. Then from September 2018 on, I found this forum, together with a lot of very good books (Eva Musby, Lauren Muhlheim, Carrie Arnold, Julie O'Toole ..) and then I gradually learned how beat AN. We tackled (almost) all her fear foods and she stays at a healthy weight now. She finds it still difficult to eat certain (actually a lot of ) foods. We are still in complete control over what she eats. Her state has improved (most of the time) since she is at a better weight.
Since about September/ October 2018 we started noticing that my d was studying more and more. Like a lot of AN patients, she always was a perfectionistic, academically doing very well, high achiever. But by the exams in December 2018, all she was doing was studying all day long (starting at 5:30 am!). This problem was already noticed by and worked on by her psyhiatrist. Sadly, she doesn't follow the doctors instructions to reduce the hours of studying. Problem stays the same: she has a scheme she has to follow, with some (minimal) obligatory free time, but even that is impossible to follow through. Clearly to her doctor and me the problem is her fear of failure, which cause her to study sooooo much! As adviced by the psychiatrist, she will probably start taking medication in July (SSRI type medication: sertraline).
Anybody who's d has/had the same problem? How did you handle this problem? For me, I know how to handle the RAN (well, at least most of the time, still learning,…), but I find it very difficult to handle the compulsive studying. It's really like OCD. I'm a bit worried that it might need the same 'treatment' as AN, complete control over how much and when to study….? And I'm already sooo exhausted from treating the RAN.. It feels like: 'here we go again'.
I'm not a native speaker, so sorry for any mistakes in my English.
I'm located in Western Europe.
Thank you for any advice.