If you are looking for help and up to date information on eating disorders, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll tell you how to find the right eating disorder treatment, try to answer all your questions and provide you with all the eating disorders information you need, including some relevant eating disorder statistics that may shock you. We want you to be fully informed so you can begin the recovery process. This site will help you understand the causes of eating disorders as well has how to get treatment.
Getting Eating Disorder Help
If you are worried that you have an eating disorder you’re probably feeling anxious, confused overwhelmed, and scared. All of these feelings are relevant to the effects of malnutrition on your brain and body. The human body uses food and nutrition in order to build itself, function properly and deal with stress, so eating disorders have both physical and mental effects even if you have not lost any weight. That’s right, although most people with eating disorders suffer the symptom of weight loss – you can be underweight, normal or overweight and still have an eating disorder! Eating disorders, like people, come in all shapes and sizes. Here is more on who gets eating disorders.
You might not know where to turn and you might feel nobody understands. We do, and there is help available to you. You just have to take that first step and reach out.
Start by talking to a loved one about how you are feeling and the thoughts you are having around food. Then ask them to help you find an eating disorders specialist. Your doctor or counselor can refer you to a specialist if needed.
If you’re having serious health problems, like passing out, feeling too weak to get up or feeling disoriented or confused, call your doctor right way or go to the nearest emergency room. If you’re feeling depressed and suicidal, go to the emergency room or call 911.
The Recovery Process
Eating disorder treatment is a long and complex process. Often, it begins with medical care to treat the physical health problems that result from eating disorders, like malnutrition, nutritional deficiencies, dehydration, ulcers and heart trouble. Some sufferers will require inpatient treatment. This can be a very effective way to help them regain the weight that they have lost. Establishing a normal body weight is a vital part of recovery, as a malnourished body does not have the resources required to recover from an eating disorder. Then individual, group, and family counseling helps sufferers learn how to overcome the behavioral processes that are often apparent with eating disorders. Family counseling is recommended to teach family members how to support one another and the sufferer. Nutritional counseling and education, as well as carefully planned menus and support during mealtimes and snacks, will help sufferers begin eating a healthful diet again.
Some people need residential treatment in the beginning, until they are medically and psychologically stabilized. Other people are able to begin with outpatient treatment. A qualified treatment provider can advise you about the best level of care to meet your needs.
The recovery process can be scary, try to take it one step at a time and know that it will all be worth it in the end.
Follow this link for more information about the recovery process.
For More Assistance
If you’re not sure where to start, try our eating disorders information page. If you’re feeling discouraged or hopeless, please take a moment to read this letter of hope. If you have any questions or if we can assist you in any way, please feel free to email us and we’ll do our best to help. We care and we want you to get the eating disorder help that you need.