Eating Disorders

A person with an eating disorder, whether it is anorexia, bulimia, or compulsive eating lives in a world of shame and suffering. If left untreated, it can lead to serious health problems, even death. Although, the dynamics and inner struggles may vary depending on the type of eating disorder, some of the issues may include: self-criticism, self-loathing, issues of control, anger, and an inability to tolerate and adequately cope with strong emotions. The eating disorder, once a source of something to feel in control of, or comforted by, is now something that becomes an addiction, that one has no control. Often, a person has become good at hiding the struggle behind a veil of perfectionism, over-achieving, or caretaking. In reality, their inner world is painfully void of self love, nurturance and acceptance.

Eating disorder treatment requires a longer in depth psychotherapy. Also valuable, is a team approach of medical and adjunct supportive services. An ongoing assessment of needs and collaboration is very important to a successful outcome. Counseling and psychotherapy can help you develop a healthy relationship between your food and your body. Recovery is not a simple task. It requires skill, patience, courage, and focus on the part of both the treating professionals and the individual who wants to recover, but it can and does happen.

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