Questions about eating disorders? We’ve got answers
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rates of any mental illness.
Eating Disorders are a type of mental illness in which a person’s life is negatively affected by disordered thoughts and behaviors about food, body and weight. While the onset of many eating disorders is common around the age of puberty, they can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, socio-economic status or background.
What are some causes and symptoms of eating disorders?
Genetics and psychological conditions are the two primary root causes of eating disorders. Research shows that people with a close relative who has an eating disorder are nearly 60 percent more likely to develop an eating disorder of their own.
What are the risks associated with eating disorders?
It’s important to detect signs and symptoms of eating disorders early to prevent any long term complications. Without treatment eating disorders can be extremely disruptive to your life and can even be fatal.
It’s important to have a positive relationship with food and a healthy body image. Although eating disorders involve serious conditions requiring professional help, there are many ways in fact to reduce the risk of serious health issues.
Are there any helping strategies for eating disorders?
Removing stress and staying active can be extremely helpful. Yoga and meditation are great ways to deal with stress as well as staying active to give you better mental clarity. Here are more methods that you can start with now.
When should I seek treatment for an eating disorder?
It’s important to seek help right away when you start to question if you may or may not have an eating disorder. It may take some time to recognize your eating disorder so it’s vital to seek treatment when it’s detected to prevent any serious complications.
If you or your healthcare provider suspect you may have an eating disorder, you may be referred to an eating disorder treatment center. The diagnosis usually consists of a physical and psychological examination.
What treatment options are available for eating disorders?
Treatment options can vary depending on the severity of your eating disorder and what you feel the most comfortable with. In many cases, treatment options consist of general therapy, group/family therapy, nutritional education, and exercise.
The first step will be an assessment that will gauge the level treatment that will be the most beneficial to your recovery. Prepare questions and concerns you may have about eating disorders or the recovery process. Here’s a further look at what you can expect.
Learn About Eating Disorder Diagnosis and Treatments
Unsure about seeking help with your family or unsure about seeking professional medical assistance? There is such a wide variety of treatment options due to the complexity of eating disorders and related mental health conditions.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Somatic Experiencing (SE)
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)