Eating Disorder Therapy

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Eating Disorder Therapy

Eating disorder therapy is designed to relieve mental and emotional anguish while helping to change the behaviors hurting us and our diet. Cognitive behavioral therapy and nutritional counseling can play in-depth roles in the emotional healing of one’s self image. These processes can help build the coping skills needed to face your self perception, showing you the beautiful version of yourself you have been fighting so hard to attain. Makin Wellness will use proven techniques formatted to fit your individual situation. Our promise is to keep you in charge of your therapy. Your counselor will explore dialectical behavioral therapy, trauma therapy, and mindfulness to aid in your eating disorder therapy in a loving and judgment free environment. Makin Wellness combines your individual counseling with nutritional counseling providing a detailed, comprehensive path to maintain a diet that is right for you. A place where nutrition meets balance.

What is an eating disorder?

An eating disorder is an illness where a person experiences a relentless disturbance in eating behaviors. People suffering with these disorders tend to be obsessed with food and body appearance. Affecting 30 million people in the U.S., eating disorders follow all races and ethnic groups. This includes both genders and all age groups. This upheaval of regular eating habits is caused by thoughts and emotions related to body image and low self-esteem resulting in mental imbalances like body image distortions. At times, the affects can be physically devastating to the endocrine, gastrointestinal, and pulmonary systems. Eating Disorders include:

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Binge-eating disorder
  • Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorders
  • Rumination disorders
  • Pica

Anorexia nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is a well known, complex eating disorder that involves starving oneself and ranks at number one in mental health fatalities in the U.S. Most often presenting itself in teens and young adults, anorexia revolves around a severe distortion of one’s self image; fearing weight gain even if you are severely underweight and/or experiencing malnutrition. Symptoms can run deeper than just outward appearance. Other signs include:

  • Extreme weight loss paired with intense fears of weight gain
  • Refusing to eat around other people
  • Cutting food up into tiny pieces and moving it around, but not actually eating it
  • Going to the bathroom immediately after meals
  • Blotchy or yellow skin
  • Slow thinking
  • Poor memory and judgment
  • Depression
  • Extreme sensitivity to cold
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There are 2 types of anorexia nervosa:
  • Restrictive anorexia nervosa: Placing severe and unrealistic restrictions on food intake.
  • Binge-Purge: Also placing severe restrictions on one’s diet, a person with this particular subset of anorexia will also binge eat and then purge by vomiting or use of laxatives.

Although eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS) are recognized, anorexia nervosa is not diagnosed unless you meet the following qualifications:

  • An uncontrollable fear of gaining weight
  • Weight is 15% below what is considered normal for that persons age and height
  • Distorted body image with denial of weight loss concerns
  • 3 or more missed menstrual cycles in women

The fatality rate for anorexia is at an astounding 10 percent. As a result, it is more fatal than any other mental illness in America requires and requires more than one type of treatment. To ensure quality recovery, you should seek medical advice as well as nutritional counseling and eating disorder therapy. If you feel as though you or someone you love is in need of eating disorder therapy for anorexia or any other eating disorder, please don’t wait. Makin Wellness counselors are here to help guide your mind and body back to health in a way that fits YOU.

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Bulimia nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder that involves binge eating followed by behaviors to compensate for over eating.  These behaviors include:

  • Forced vomiting
  • Inordinate amounts of laxatives and/ or diuretics
  • Fasting
  • Excessive exercise

Due to the similarity in behavior, bulimia nervosa is often confused with anorexia nervosa. However, bulimia presents itself differently. A person with bulimia may maintain a healthy weight or even be overweight. Showing other symptoms such as:

  • Chronic sore throat
  • Swollen glands around the neck and jaw
  • Acid reflux
  • Worn tooth enamel and decay
  • Severe dehydration
  • Electrolyte imbalance

 Binge-eating disorder differs from bulimia in that you lose control over eating but do not purge afterwards, often resulting in obesity. This is a result of eating large amounts in a fast manner even when you’re not hungry. People with this disorder tend to eat alone and until they are uncomfortable. Sometimes called “eating your emotions”, this can lead to serious health issues including diabetes.

Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorders (ARFID) are most common in babies and children. Being referred to as “extremely picky eating”, this disorder can disrupt normal growth and weight gain in children and requires treatment if followed into adulthood.

How Makin Wellness Can Help You Heal

Makin Wellness has found great success treating patients with eating disorders through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT-E) in combination with nutritional counseling. Eating disorders often pair with depression and other mental ailments that stand in the way of a successful recovery. Using CBT-E along with other techniques such as dialectical behavioral therapy, trauma therapy, and mindfulness we address these issues based on your comfort level while collaborating with our in-house nutritionist to build a diet specifically designed to fit your physical, mental, and emotional needs. We understand that every person has a different experience, a different perspective, and different triggers. Makin Wellness sees you and hears you. If you feel you are ready, or know some one who needs help, contact a Makin Wellness counselor today. Healing happens here and it can happen for you.

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