- Do they really have a problem?
- Explore comparable cases
- Learn the basics about eating disorders
- Find when it’s time to see a specialist
- Understand the risk factors
- Recommend preventative measures
Begin Exploring Signs and Symptoms
Does my patient have an eating disorder?
Eating disorders have a range of complex attributing factors. They can be biological, psychological and cultural. In addition, new research is suggesting genetic correlations to eating disorders.
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?
There are many influences that may elevate the risk of developing an eating disorder. Key risk factors are family history, certain mental health disorders, improper dieting and starvation, and stress.
What are preventative measures to take?
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?
Although there are some basic ways to help yourself, professional guidance is always recommended. A great place to start would be to take this free online screening.
When is the time to seek treatment for an eating disorder?
Please know that the support of your loved ones can be critical to a healthy recovery. Never hesitate to reach out to your doctor or mental health professional to find out the most effective ways to cope with your eating disorder.
Investigate Eating Disorder
Although there are many ways to improve your patient’s chances, professional help is always recommended.
- Open lines of communication
- Avoid focusing on diets or losing weight
- Encourage good mental health hygiene
- Be mindful of body image and self esteem
- Don’t go it alone – encourage them to seek help
Understand All Treatment Options
How are eating disorders diagnosed?
Most often a family doctor will refer the patient to an eating disorder treatment center for physical and psychological diagnosis.
What treatment options are available for eating disorders?
There are many options depending on circumstances – Outpatient, IOP, PHP, Residential or Inpatient are all ways of regaining physical health as an initial priority.
What should I expect from my doctor?
Of course, at a basic level you should expect your doctor to listen to you. They should be asking lots of questions and advising next steps based on your exclusive best interests.
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Diagnosis and Treatments
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)
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)