Eating Disorder Treatment

Eating disorder treatment must be provided by highly qualified psychologists or psychiatrists within the framework of a supportive and cooperative therapeutic relationship. There are different therapies available depending on the diagnosis and severity of symptoms such as cognitive behavioral therapy or psychotherapy.

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Purpose of treatment for eating disorders

Eating disorders can be very complex conditions and different experienced, qualified medical experts may use different treatments, but the objectives are typically the same. Therapy for eating disorders help patients learn to comprehend their circumstance as treatment progresses and they begin to regain an understanding and awareness of the seriousness of their illness. 

Psychological symptoms are important to treat because nutritional variables amplify and exacerbate such symptoms. The goal of eating disorder therapy is to provide the tools and techniques needed to manage the condition on a daily basis. Therapy aims to achieve recovery, which is when you experience fewer or no symptoms. Treatment is also important to prevent relapsing so ongoing sessions may be needed as a preventative measure.

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Types of eating disorders we manage

Anorexia nervosa

Anorexia nervosa

A person with anorexia nervosa has an unusually low body weight, a strong fear of putting on weight, and a distorted perspective of what is and is not acceptable body weight. They put great emphasis on maintaining their physical appearance, often by making excessive attempts that seriously disrupt their lives.

Bulimia nervosa

Bulimia nervosa

Bulimics attempt to restrict their intake in order to lose weight, but eventually give in to the impulse to eat. They will consume a lot of food at once but then they obsess about gaining weight to the point of resorting to extreme measures like purging, taking copious doses of laxatives, or overexerting themselves with exercise.

Binge eating disorder

Binge eating disorder

A binge eating disorder is compulsive overeating with recurring episodes of eating significantly more food in a short period. These episodes would usually be marked by feelings of loss of control, embarrassment and guilt, and self-loathing.  This vicious cycle can leave you feeling hopeless and isolated, and can lead to depression and other mental conditions

ARFID eating disorder

Avoidant / Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

ARFID is characterized by a lack of interest in food or avoidance of certain foods due to a past negative experience. People with ARFID may have a fear of choking or vomiting, or they may simply be uninterested in eating. This can lead to malnutrition and weight loss and other health problems.

Your Local Psychiatrist advantages and experience in eating disorders treatment

A mental health professional is primarily involved with treating eating disorders. However, getting additional input from practitioners from a range of disciplines is often necessary for comprehensive care. The Your Local Psychiatrist team is equipped and highly experienced in all aspects needed to provide the necessary support and treatment for eating disorders that will enhance the road to recovery.

  • Board Certified and highly experienced providers
  • Individual approach to patients
  • Easy-to-access online psychiatry and psychotherapy services
  • Electronic prescriptions
  • Portal access to your providers and appointments
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Eating disorders treatment methodology

There are several treatment methods for eating disorders that may include psychotherapy, commonly referred to as talk therapy or psychological counseling, entails talking with a mental health expert about your disorder and any associated problems.

The normalization of eating habits and the identification of harmful, unhelpful attitudes and behaviors are both accomplished through cognitive behavioral therapy. Parental support is provided as part of family-based treatments and interpersonal psychotherapy tackles issues in your intimate relationships to improve communication and develop problem-solving skills.

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FAQs about eating disorders therapies & treatments

Do I need treatment for eating disorder?

An eating disorder can be a fatal psychiatric condition. Extreme calorie restriction, vomiting, or strenuous activity can all have a negative impact on your general health, which if left untreated can result in life-threatening conditions.

Do you provide teen eating disorder treatment?

Yes. We provide a range of treatment and support services for teenagers with eating disorders that include dietetic support, therapies, and medications. We also provide information and support for family and encourage their involvement in treatment.

Is virtual eating disorder therapy effective?

Virtual therapy using internet-based videoconferencing techniques is an effective alternative to in-person therapy for a variety of mental health problems and it is routinely offered as part of eating disorder treatments.

What happens in eating disorder treatment?

Psychological and nutritional counseling, as well as medical and psychiatric monitoring, are typically used to treat eating disorders. In addition to focusing on the psychological, biological, interpersonal, and cultural factors that contribute to the eating problem, treatment also tackles its symptoms and any medical repercussions.

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