Our expert says:
Yes, it's interesting how many people associated with dance and ballet tend to have an increased risk of eating disorders --- something which i think actually ANY dance school or trainer ought to be far more aware of.
You recognize the unpleasant potential of your problems which are developing, and you know that you need good professional help. Why to you need to make an excuse to your parents ? You could simply tell them that in a number of ways you are feeling unwell and unhappy, and that you are sure you need to see a good local psychiatrist for an assessment and some advice --- and press ahead. You deserve it.
You don't need to feel embarrassed, this is no reflection on you and your character nor on your parents, and nothing to be ashamed of. Like any disorder, it is a misfortune --- it is only neglecting to get the help one needs that may deserve a little guilt
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