"It's worth it"

About: Specialist services / Eating disorder service

(as a service user),

I developed anorexia over numerous months due to over-exercising which I thought was ‘healthy’.

It then led to me meticulously counting calories, non-stop exercise and becoming unbelievably unhappy. Everything in my life at that time felt wrong and I was constantly feeling hopeless, due to the continuous cycle of disordered habits.

I then got referred to St. Georges where they were helpful, supportive and understanding, although I was extremely nervous when I first started. They eventually helped me break those habits and become happy again, as well as helping me make great friends who I see regularly.

I cannot stress enough how important getting help is, it may cause anxiety to begin with but it’s worth it.


Response from Maggie Young, Head of Eating Disorders, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Service User

Thank you so much for sharing your positive experience of Sheffield Eating Disorders Service. I am so glad you followed through on referral to the Service even though as you say, it was anxiety provoking at the beginning. I'm glad the help and support you were offered has helped you tackle your difficulties with excessive exercise and calorie counting and that you have ben able to make changes. I hope you are able to maintain these changes and work towards recovery. It is very rewarding for the staff to receive feedback like yours so thank you for taking the time and trouble to post on the Care Opinion website

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