Counseling for Eating Disorders

Counseling for eating disordersIn general, the term “eating disorders” refers to conditions characterized by abnormal and detrimental eating habits. The following are the most commonly known eating disorders:

  • Binge eating disorder
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Anorexia nervosa

While the majority of eating disorder cases involve females, males are affected too. Millions of Americans struggle with eating disorders, making them a common yet often misunderstood disorder. The effects of an eating disorder can be quite severe and potentially fatal due to malnourishment or psychological effects leading to suicide.

In America, the seeming obsession with body image is often blamed for the high rate of eating disorders, and most would agree that culture does play a part for some. Many who struggle with eating disorders also suffer from co-occurring psychological disorders or conditions such as the following:

  • Anxiety
  • PTSD Self-injury
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Substance abuse

Treatment for Eating Disorders

There are a variety of strategies used to treat eating disorders. It is important that the treatment plan fits the recovering individual’s specific circumstances. Those suffering from co-occurring disorders should seek out a doctor and/or treatment facility that is uniquely qualified to deal with both. Some forms of counseling and treatment for eating disorders include the following:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT changes the way the patient reacts to situations and circumstances that might have once triggered destructive behaviors or habits.
  • Family therapy. Family therapy includes many of the same ideas as CBT but with the addition of family members who can provide support and learn how to help their loved one cope with the stresses of life.
  • Group therapy. Group therapy allows patients to take comfort in the fact that they are not alone while learning how to avoid falling back into their harmful eating habits.

While there are additional forms and strategies of treatment available, it is important to note that any such treatment should be done in cooperation with a medical doctor. Because eating disorders can pose a significant physical risk to go along with the psychological, it is critical that a doctor be able to ensure the patient’s physical safety and health as they seek to restore and heal their mind.

Find Counseling for Eating Disorders

If you or someone you love struggles with an eating disorder, you are not alone and we can help. Millions are and have been where you are now. Hope exists and recovery is possible. Call our toll-free 24 hour helpline to speak with a helpful representative. Let us help you find the treatment plan that is right for you. You can be well again. Call now.