Eating Disorders

Eating Disorder Treatment at Promises

Promises offers holistic, evidence-based eating disorder treatment for women with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and other disordered eating behaviors. Our eating disorder program addresses clients’ psychological, emotional and relationship challenges, any of which can underlie disordered eating.

Under our care, clients work with highly qualified eating disorder professionals including physicians, licensed therapists and dietitians. Our goal is to help clients achieve full wellness of body, mind and spirit as they loosen the hold their eating disorder has maintained over their lives.

Approaches may include:

  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Psychiatric care
  • Trauma-focused counseling
  • Experiential therapies
  • Body image counseling
  • Eating disorder support groups
  • Mindfulness training and other mind/body holistic practices

Eating disorder treatment helps individuals get to the root causes of their disordered eating behaviors and develop healthy eating habits and coping skills.

About Eating Disorders

Individuals with eating disorders may eat too little over a prolonged period of time or too much during repeated episodes of binging, putting their health and eventually their lives in danger. They may also suffer from selective eating disorder in which certain foods are off limits due to their texture, color or smell, sometimes because they trigger a traumatic memory. Each type of eating disorder can cause serious health problems if allowed to continue without treatment.

Disordered eating involves a pattern of attitudes or behaviors around food and body image that can impact day-to-day life or indicate a developing eating disorder or other mental illness. Historically, women were believed to struggle with disordered eating more often than men, but studies show the gender gap is closing.

Disordered eating behaviors are often driven by fears, anxieties and compulsions. Eating disorders can be overcome with help from trained specialists who understand why these behaviors develop and know how they can be successfully treated.

Types of Eating Disorders

These are the four categories of eating disorders and their most common symptoms:

Anorexia Nervosa

People with anorexia nervosa restrict calories to such an extent that they can put their lives in danger. They may also over-exercise and use medications like diuretics, laxatives and diet pills to control their weight. This calorie restriction leads to progressive and continuous weight loss as well as poor nutrition (which usually causes additional health problems). Anorexics have a distorted body image, seeing and feeling that they’re overweight when they are usually grossly underweight. Anorexics may attempt to hide weight loss and deny anything is wrong no matter how much weight has been lost.

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimics cycle through periods of binging on large quantities of food followed by purging with vomiting, laxatives or diuretics in an attempt to counteract the calories they’ve consumed. People with bulimia nervosa may also use compulsive exercising and dieting as a form of purging. They may feel controlled by their behavior and make several unsuccessful attempts to quit the binge-purge cycle without success. Bulimics usually feel intense shame and guilt over binging episodes, and are very secretive about eating.

Binge Eating Disorder

People with binge eating disorder engage in binging episodes like bulimics, however they do not try to purge calories with vomiting, exercise or laxatives. They may feel overwhelming embarrassment and guilt over their eating behaviors, but do not change them. People with this disorder usually fluctuate in weight and may be overweight most of the time. They work hard to hide eating behaviors from loved ones.

Unspecified Eating Disorders

This category of disordered eating is characterized by partial manifestation of symptoms associated with anorexia, bulimia or binge eating that are less severe or not as life altering as other eating disorders.

Get Help Today

Eating disorders are serious mental health conditions that can ruin your health and put your life at risk. But there is hope. Call us today. We can help you restore your physical and mental health and create a fulfilling life that doesn’t revolve around weight and food. Our recovery specialists are available at: 844-876-5568

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