My D was first diagnosed with anorexia 5 years ago, at age 14. Following a short hospitalization, we were able to successfully refeed her within a few months. We supervised her eating closely for a year, after which time it appeared that all restrictive behaviors and thoughts were well extinguished. She continued to suffer from major depression for several years, but by the time she graduated high school, her depression was well controlled. She went off to college a significant distance from home. We were nervous about the distance, but she completely her first year with great success, not just academically, but socially as well. She seemed to finally be thriving after many dark years.
Sadly, she has just returned home for the semester break, and anorexia is back with a vengeance. She had to have her wisdom teeth removed just prior to the start of the semester, and was not completely healed when she returned to school. Her father and I believe that the difficulty eating as she recovered from the surgery triggered the return of restricting behaviors. We were too comfortable with her recovery, and after a successful transition to college, we let our guard down. Sending her back to school before we were sure she was eating fully let her fall down the rabbit hole. The distance to her school meant that we weren't able to keep an eye on what was happening.
Daughter dx at age 14 with AN and depression. Currently 19 and experiencing a relapse.
I'm at a loss as to my next steps. The last time we dealt with AN, my daughter was a minor and I had much more control over the situation. Now, dealing with a young adult, I feel powerless. I am sad and heartbroken, and not sure how to move forward.