Signs that you or your loved one may have an eating disorder:
Excessive worry about weight, shape, appearance to the point that it interferes with your daily life.
Feeling “fat” and wanting to lose weight despite others telling you that you need to gain weight.
Obsession with food, nutrition, cooking, dieting, to the point that it has affected other areas of your life (i.e. relationships, work, school, family, etc).
Restricting what you eat to the point it may have affected your physical health and/or eating so much in one sitting you feel out of control and/or ashamed. *These behaviors may or may not result in purging and/or over exercising.
Avoiding situations that may involve food or discussion of food and weight.
Becoming defensive when others ask about your eating habits, weight loss, etc.
Extreme mood changes that may result in hypersensitivity about weight, nutrition, exercise, etc. Often times this may present as symptoms associated with Anxiety, depression, and/or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Eating Disorder Treatment
Are you tired of feeling sick, overwhelmed, and controlled by food rules and how you feel about your body? Have you been in recovery and feel stuck or that you've reached a plateau from futher healing? So many people want to "just stop" worrying and obsessing about diets, their weight, their appearance, their exercise routine, but it's not that easy for so many people. Meeting with a therapist to work through some of these thoughts, fears, and behaviors, can help guide you in using new tools to change those patterns. Full recovery is absolutely possible!
Treatment can help.
Recovery is absolutely possible with the right treatment and support. Your therapist will conduct an initial assessment to determine which mode of treatment is most appropriate for your recovery. Your therapist will collaborate with additional treatment team members (Dietitian, Primary Care Physician, Psychiatrist) to ensure you’re receiving the highest level of treatment available.
More people die from an eating disorder than any other mental illness. It’s imperative that you seek help for yourself or your loved one as soon as possible to avoid long term negative physical and psychological effects.