About Eating Disorders Treatment

Many Americans have poor eating habits. Eating disorders, however, are more severe and characterized by overeating or undereating along with unhealthy behaviors related to food, weight or body image.

There are often significant physical and emotional problems related to Eating Disorders. They can often impair academic, occupational or social functioning.

Common Eating Disorders include Anorexia Nervosa (AN) and Bulimia Nervosa (BN) and Binge Eating Disorder (BED).

Causes of Eating Disorders

The social pressures women (and increasingly more men) experience regarding body image and weight are considerable. For women, the “ideal” body image has become increasingly slimmer over the past century and has been consistently thinner than the average woman. Girls and women receive daily messages that they are inadequate and as a consequence, dissatisfaction with one’s body and dieting are pervasive.

In addition to environmental pressures, Eating Disorders can also be influenced by biological and psychological factors. If there is a family history of eating disorders, one may be predisposed to developing an eating disorder in the future. People struggling with eating disorders sometimes have significant difficulty with self-regulation and mood regulation. Accordingly, intense emotions or impulsivity are typical and may signify a need for Eating Disorders help.

Multidisciplinary Treatment

Due to the nature of eating disorders, there are often medical, dental, nutritional and psychological complications that accompany them. Consequently, a multidisciplinary approach to Eating Disorders treatment that includes a primary care doctor, dentist, nutritionist, psychiatrist and therapist is imperative. Because eating disorders often co-occur with depression and anxiety, medication can be useful in treating some of the symptoms related to these disorders.

Eating Disorders Therapist

Psychotherapy is a crucial component of Eating Disorders Treatment. If left untreated, Eating Disorders can bring about serious consequences including significant medical and emotional complications and even death. The sooner that problematic eating patterns are treated, the greater the likelihood of successful Eating Disorders treatment. At Cypress, we actively target the thoughts, feelings and situations that trigger destructive behaviors. In addition, we address relational patterns and psychological issues underlying the eating disorder in order to empower you to develop the skills and achieve the clarity you need to make necessary changes.

How do I get started?

If you would like to speak with a counselor, or if you have questions and would like a free 10-minute consultation to determine if you might benefit from Eating Disorders Treatment, call or email today.

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