|Michelle De Faria is doing her placement at
Eating Disorders of York Region.
Today, Michelle talks about daily routines and family rituals.
Answer: A mental health concern can easily interrupt family rituals. For example, a family might decline an invitation to a family reunion because a member with anorexia nervosa may experience anxiety and feel overwhelmed at the event. As the disorder progresses, more rituals may be disrupted. It is important to strive to keep these family rituals active to ensure a balanced family system. Stress, tension and sometimes resentment within the family could result if these rituals are disrupted. As a whole, the family will both acknowledge and feel the loss of structure and balance.