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Eating Disorders are the result of the patient’s relationship with food escalates to levels that are out of control. This order can manifest itself in the form of extreme overeating, under eating, or trouble eating anything at all.

Conditions Counseling Can Help Treat

This serious mental health condition can not only cause severe emotional distress but also even more serious health conditions that, if not addressed can even prove to be fatal. Eating Disorders should never be ignored. Conditions treated with this kind of counseling include:

Binge Eating: This involves severe overeating over a very short period of time. After the food binge, the patient tends to regret their actions and feel a great deal of shame over their actions. Despite the after-effects, they will binge again the following week.

Bulimia Nervosa: This condition involves the binge-purge scenario. The patient will have binge eating episodes followed by purging the contents while they are done. They try to get rid of every last calorie. These patients are usually of above average weight and they have also been known to undertake fasting or extreme exercise sessions.

Anorexia Nervosa: These patients practice extreme food restriction. They suffer from a distortion in the perception of themselves, and even when they have become too thin, will still see themselves as overweight. They have an overwhelming fear of getting fat. There are two types of anorexia:
Restricting type: This is the most common type of Anorexia. The patient will lose weight by eating very little food and then exercising obsessively to get rid of the few calories they have actually consumed.

  • Binge Purge Type: While this type of Anorexia will manifest itself in purging the calories, there is serious diet restriction as well. This differs from Bulimia in that the patients are often underweight.
  • Avoidant or Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID): This condition drives the patient to not eat enough to get their daily nutrition. There is also a deficit in their level of energy. These patients are not obsessed with weight. Usually, they don’t eat because there is something about the food that they don’t like. This condition is usually a result of an early traumatic experience such as choking.

Pica: This condition involves the patient eating things that are not food. This can include soap, paper, chalk, clay, or mud. This rare disorder is usually found in specific populations such as pregnant women and children or adults with severe iron deficiency.

How Eating Disorders Develop

Eating disorders develop as the result of the cultural glorification of thinness and the obsession with weight-loss programs, body shaming, and diet trends. In many cases, the eating disorder is ultimately a misconception of someone’s self-worth.

Eating disorders seem to afflict those who already struggle with anxiety, low self-esteem, and a distinct need to please others. Some patients develop their disorder as a response to past trauma and food is used to assist them in gaining a sense of control.

Related Services

  • Teaches healthier habits for nutrition, physical, and mental health to eliminate the varying disorders.
  • Appropriate treatment for Anorexia, Bulemia, Binge Eating, and other conditions.
  • Treatment plans personalized for each individual case. No one-size-fits-all treatments.
  • Addresses all aspects of the disorder, both psychological and physical.
  • Support for both the patient and their families.