Eating disorders (ED) are defined as severe disturbances and abnormalities in eating habits. These disturbances are associated with maladaptive eating behaviors, thoughts and emotions that accompany abnormal eating patterns. As a result of chronic, persistent patterns of unhealthy imbalanced eating many patients experience excessive weight loss or weight gain fluctuations causing serious health problems, nutritional deficits and/or malnourishment, inability to fulfill daily tasks and unstable relationship patterns. Along with the physiological problems that develop from ED, mental and emotional functioning decline leaving one to feel as though the ED has taken over their lives. ED sufferers experience a distorted sense of self and environment, causing many to feel shame, guilt and isolated keeping them from reaching out for help.
Current research proves ED treatment outcomes are best achieved by a treatment community consisting of a mental health therapist, nutritionist and psychiatrist. Most therapy includes some form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that emphasize and address negative or distorted thinking that leads to emotional dysregulation, followed by a compulsive need to control, measure, restrict, binge/purge certain types of food or food in general establishing a pathology of unhealthy eating behaviors. ED results in a self perpetuating cycle patients eventually feel trapped in and lost with little to no help finding a way out. With an educated, experienced treatment community patients experience healing, recovery, support and have the best outcomes for long lasting life style changes.
What to expect in therapy:
Understanding and developing healthy eating patterns that lead to achieving healthy weight.
- Monitor eating and moods
- Engage problem-solving skills
- Understanding how stress is managed and healthy ways to cope
- Improve internal and external relationships
- Improved psychological well being