Now what? – Eating Disorders

Realizing that you or a loved one may be suffering from an eating disorder can be an earthshaking experience. When facing the situation it might be impossible to think about things could ever go back to being normal. Leaving you to ask the million dollar question, “Now what?” Now like any health issue, the road to being in a healthier mental state is not necessarily quick or easy. However the good news is that there are plenty of people along the way who want to help you. While anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating have similar actions that need to take place to seek healing they also have some aspects that unique. The one thing that is almost a constant amongst all three is an underlying mental health issue such as depression.

Treatment for Anorexia:

-In order to conquer the physical challenges of anorexia, a doctor will create a carefully prescribed diet. This will normally start with small calories intakes gradually increasing over time to a healthy amount. This process can be done at home but in severe cases a patient will be admitted to a hospital to insure eating habits are restored.

-The next step is to conquer mental side of anorexia, this breaks down into two areas:

  1. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: This type of therapy is prefered by most people with anorexia. It helps a person understand how their thinking, negative self-talk, and negative self-image can impact their behaviors especially eating. This process focuses on finding the root cognitive patterns and working to change them for a positive and healthier lifestyle.
  2. Family Therapy: This type of therapy helps the person with anorexia understand the impact and role they have within their family, and how their eating behaviors maintain that role.

Treatment for Bulimia:

-Just like anorexia, the first step to recovery with bulimia is removing the immediate danger. Depending on how sever the bulimia is it can be hard for people to stop without hospitalization and medication. Once the immediate threat is over their dietary choices are monitored. Outside of this, people with bulimia normally benefit from counseling sessions like with anorexia. In addition to this, antidepressant medications have been useful..

-Just like with anorexia there are two ways you can conquer the cognitive side of bulimia:

(1) Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: This type of therapy is prefered by most people with anorexia. It helps a person understand how their thinking, negative self-talk, and negative self-image can impact their behaviors especially eating. This process focuses on finding the root cognitive patterns and working to change them for a positive and healthier lifestyle.

(2) Family Therapy: This type of therapy helps the person with anorexia understand the impact and role they have within their family, and how their eating behaviors maintain that role.

Treatment for Binge Eating Disorder:

-Just like anorexia and bulimia, binge eating treatment first focuses on the immediate health of the person who has been binge eating. Then the primary focus on psychotherapy to bring about permanent and positive change.

(1) Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: This type of therapy is prefered by most people with anorexia. It helps a person understand how their thinking, negative self-talk, and negative self-image can impact their behaviors especially eating. This process focuses on finding the root cognitive patterns and working to change them for a positive and healthier lifestyle.

(2) Family Therapy: This type of therapy helps the person with anorexia understand the impact and role they have within their family, and how their eating behaviors maintain that role.

 

Despite eating disorders being fairly common, it should not be taken lightly. Eating disorders can be extremely damaging to the person’s health as well as whatever role they play socially, especially within the family. If you or a loved one is suffering from an eating disorder please seek immediate help.
~Be mindful of the mind

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