Eating disorders are serious mental health conditions that significantly affect physical health. People with an eating disorder have ongoing eating behaviors that affect their nutritional intake. These eating behaviors usually develop from negative thoughts or feelings about food.
Despite what many may think, eating disorders aren’t a lifestyle choice; they’re serious and potentially fatal health problems.
There are three common types of eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder (BED).
People with anorexia nervosa see themselves as overweight, even when they’re extremely underweight. They severely limit food intake, exercise excessively, vomit, or abuse laxatives to lose weight.
Anorexia nervosa is the least common type of eating disorder, but the most dangerous. Severely limiting food intake affects the health and function of the body’s organs, leading to permanent damage or death.
People with bulimia nervosa have recurring episodes of binge-eating followed by purging. With bulimia nervosa you may feel as though you have no control over your eating during a binge. To compensate for overeating, you try to get rid of the food by forcing yourself to vomit, abusing laxatives, or spending hours working out.
BED is the most common type of eating disorder. People with BED feel like they lose total control over their eating. They eat large amounts of food over a short period of time, even when they’re not hungry.
Eating disorders are serious mental health conditions that may affect physical health. An early diagnosis and treatment plan for people struggling with an eating disorder may prevent long-term health problems.
High Desert Psychological Services takes a patient-centered approach to care and customizes treatment plans for eating disorders based on type, symptoms, and related-health complications.
Your treatment plan may include individual counseling and medication management. Because eating disorders may develop during adolescence, High Desert Psychological Services may also include family counseling.
Your therapist at High Desert Psychological Services also works closely with your primary care provider, who monitors your physical health and well-being.
Find out more about treatments for eating disorders by calling High Desert Psychological Services or scheduling a consultation online today.