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.
If you are a parent and you’ve encouraged your child to make changes to their eating habits out of fear they are hurting their bodies and they cannot make those changes, your child may be struggling with an eating disorder.
Family Based Treatment for Adolescents with Eating Disorders (FBT)
FBT for Adolescents (or as some refer to it as “The Maudsley Approach”) can mostly be construed as an intensive outpatient treatment where parents play an active and positive role in order to help restore their child’s weight to normal levels as determined by their Physician. The FBT therapist together with the family, slowly over time, hand the control over eating back to the adolescent, and encourage normal adolescent development through an in-depth discussion of these crucial developmental issues as they pertain to their child. FBT sessions begin weekly and scale back to every 2-3 weeks with the overall course of treatment lasting about 9-12 months. FBT is an evidenced based intervention for adolescents with eating disorders, primarily Anorexia Nervosa. A certified FBT therapist will complete the initial assessment to determine if your child is appropriate for this modality of treatment. Every adolescent being treated for an Eating Disorder must be closely followed by their primary care physician to ensure medical stability and progress.
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.