Eating disorders are defined as any type of psychological disorder that prevents the victim from eating normally. Eating disorders can have social ramifications for sufferers, like preventing them from enjoying social events centered around food, as well as physical ramifications, like nutrient deficiencies, severe weight loss, and the complications that arise from these issues like organ failure and hair loss. When an individual suffers from an eating disorder, he or she needs two types of treatment: medical care from a nutritionist or a primary care provider, and mental healthcare from a counselor or psychiatrist.
There are many different recognized types of eating disorders. They include:
Eating disorders often accompany other mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. For many individuals, antidepressants or anti-anxiety medication are an important component of treating an eating disorder.
Additionally, many eating disorder patients respond well to cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, psychotherapy, and group psychotherapy. Psychological therapy is focused on changing how the patient manages his or her symptoms and copes with the stress that leads to destructive behaviors.
An eating disorder can be emotionally and physically damaging. When you are struggling with an eating disorder, understand that help is available. Contact our team at Counseling Works today to schedule your first appointment with an experienced counselor who can help you address and overcome the psychological components of your eating disorder. Do not wait to make the appointment – the longer you suffer from an eating disorder, the longer your physical and mental health will continue to suffer.