Eating Disorder Counseling
Treatment for binge eating, bulimia and anoxeria
Eating disorders are frightening conditions. Many sufferers struggle to keep them a secret out of shame or guilt, and many family members and loved ones are unsure of how to approach the problem. Early intervention is important when an eating disorder is suspected; left untreated, many eating disorders can lead to dangerous side effects, and can even be fatal.
Treatment of eating disorders is not generally something a sufferer or those close to them can do their own. Professional treatment from doctors and eating disorder counselors is necessary. The condition requires constant monitoring and ongoing therapy to prevent recurrence and to keep patients healthy.
Types of Eating Disorders
There are many different types of eating disorders, and many variations on each type. No person will experience an eating disorder in exactly the same way. The most common types of eating disorders include:
- Anorexia. Anorexia (or anorexia nervosa) is an eating disorder in which a person loses their appetite or refuses to eat. Symptoms of the disorder include extremely low weight, a fear of gaining weight, a distorted body image and more.
- Bulimia. Bulimia is an eating disorder in which a person will eat large amounts of food and then will self-induce vomiting. Symptoms of bulimia include a larger-than-normal consumption of food, going to the bathroom immediately after meals, extreme exercise and more.
- Binge eating. Binge eating is an eating disorder that involves uncontrollable episodes of eating. Binge eating often leads to bulimia, as patients begin to feel guilty over their obsessive eating.
You should always consult a doctor if you believe you or someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder.
Eating Disorder Treatment Options
Eating disorder counseling is critical in helping sufferers get on the path to recovery from an eating disorder. Many eating disorders stem from a lack of control, poor self-esteem, body image issues and traumatic life events. An eating disorder counselor can help patients get to the root of their disorder and set up strategies for how to manage their condition.
It's important to note that eating disorder treatments will be different for every condition. Many eating disorder therapy professionals will specialize in one particular eating disorder, so you may want to seek out someone who has the most knowledge on your condition.