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Ellenc1
Hi, haven’t posted on here in awhile, but I do keep up with how everyone is doing. We are now around 11 weeks into refeeding and things have improved massively, D has gained 6kg, and is beginning to try more fear foods, although there is still slot she doesn’t want. She is much happier in herself and I can now see the really her coming back,although she is now suffering with severe anxiety and has been put on medication for this. After seeing the psychologist a fortnight ago for the anxiety I have been sent the report which he has written for the go. It states that she is in phase 2 of recovery, what does this mean? And how many phases are there? Hoping 1 of you warriors on here will be able to explain this to me.Hugs to you all.xxx
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tina72
I do not know what your psychologist means with that but be careful if he means phase 2 of FBT. That means slowly giving back control to her and at this point only 11 weeks into refeeding I would NOT start giving back control, that is way too early.
Ask him for that (without your d).
In FBT are normally 3 phases: phase 1 - control of food through the parents, magic plate; phase 2 - giving back control about eating; phase 3 - going back to normal life for whole family and working on probably left psychological issues.
Keep feeding. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
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Foodsupport_AUS
I agree with Tina about the stages of FBT. Generally this is the only part of treatment for eating disorders that has stages. Other components of phase 2 generally include being more than 90% of expected weight, accepting of the need to gain weight and willing to work with you. 
The description of phases though is at best a rough guide, and many here have concerns that perhaps the phases are unhelpful at all. There is a famous thread about this.  https://www.aroundthedinnertable.org/post/stages-and-timelines-and-how-they-set-us-all-up-to-fail-7917698#gsc.tab=0
D diagnosed restrictive AN June 2010 age 13.5. Weight restored July 2012. Relapse and now clawing our way back. Treatment: multiple hospitalisations and individual and family therapy.
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scaredmom

Hi Ellenc1,

The thread that Foodsupport_AUS posted is great! It talks about the back and forth of ED quite nicely.
I note from your previous posts she was diagnosed in Oct and it is only 3 months into this for you and her.This is very, very early days. 
Is she at WR for her (her own growth curve prior to ED)? Also for the psychologist I would directly ask them exactly what they mean, to ensure proper communication between you.

It took my D 6 kg more than the first WR and now 10-11 Kg higher than that to see really good stabilisation in weight, caloric intake, and brain changes. 
My D is a bit younger than yours (15 vs 12 at diagnosis now 13.5) and I still do not give much choices. She now knows what constitutes a good snack or lunch or breakfast. But that is from a limited selection that we have established over time. 

So keep on feeding. It takes a long time and I want to say I am so pleased to hear she is doing better!! When we see their true selves coming through, it is such wonderful thing!
I actually think that the ultimate goal is to normalize eating and eating different things without fear.
You are doing great!
XXX

Food+more food+time+love+good professional help+ATDT+no exercise+ state not just weight+/- the "right" medicine= healing---> recovery(--->life without ED)
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