How to Determine an Eating Disorder
While people commonly connect eating disorders with underweight people, that is not always true. People can have an eating disorder at any weight or size. Eating disorders often lead to health problems, so it’s important to recognize them and get help when needed.
Below is the list of warning signs for an eating disorder, as described by the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).
- Notable change in body weight (either weight gain or weight loss)
- Hyperfixation on food, exercise, or body shape
- Frequent dieting
- Extreme mood swings
- Difficulty concentrating
- Dizziness or fainting
- Sleeping problems
Eating Disorder Treatments
Because eating disorders commonly co-occur with other mental illnesses, such as anxiety disorder, depression, or obsessive-compulsive disorder, antidepressants may be prescribed. This medication will help with symptoms, but will not treat the eating disorder itself.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the leading therapies used in recovering from an eating disorder. It works to help the person understand the connection between their thoughts and behaviors. From there, individuals work to unlearn negative habits and develop healthy moods and behaviors. Psychotherapy is used in the long term to maintain these healthy habits.
Nutrition counseling is used to help return to healthy eating patterns, and involves meeting with a dietitian to determine the best path to recovery. This process could include developing a healthy diet that provides the proper nutrients while healing the individual’s relationship with food.
Hope for Recovery Is at Meridian
Meridian HealthCare has been helping people with eating disorders and other mental illnesses find recovery for over 50 years. Our mental health professionals are dedicated to working with you or your loved one to create the right treatment plan for a successful recovery.
If you’re struggling with an eating disorder, you’re not alone. Call Meridian HealthCare today to start the road to recovery.