Eating Disorder Treatment in Murray, UT
Two of the most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Both are serious health issues that can be extremely lethal when left undiagnosed. If you or a loved one is experiencing an eating disorder, seek professional help immediately. Fortunately, an early diagnosis and treatment can lead to lasting recovery.
Let us help. Family Counseling Center has experienced and capable professionals trained to help this specific problem. With over 20 years of experience, our therapists understand that each client is unique and experiences very personal struggles. They will patiently work with your or your loved one, accompanying them every step of the way on the road to recovery.
The Warning Signs
There are many warning signs that point to an eating disorder. While the complete list of symptoms is much longer, here is a brief overview of warning signs:
- Skipping meals
- Obsession with perfectionism and checking weight
- Vomiting after eating
- Abuse of drugs, alcohol, laxatives or diet pills
- Anxiety and depression
- A sore throat from vomiting
- Always wearing baggy clothing
If you or a loved one is exhibiting these behaviors, we are more than adept to help. Eating disorders not only affect one’s life and happiness, but it greatly negatively impacts one’s mental and physical health.
How We Can Help
The most powerful and lasting eating disorder treatment is psychotherapy or psychological counseling. Family Counseling Center is devoted to the mental improvement of our patients in Murray. Paired with carefully monitored nutritional and medical attention, recovery is possible. Our therapists recognize each patient’s treatment needs to be different and will devote themselves to tailor their methods to best suit the patient.
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Eating disorders are not to be taken lightly. They are very deadly and serious illnesses. Contact Family Counseling Center today to receive effective eating disorder treatment.
Understanding Anorexia and Bulimia
Anorexia Nervosa: Anorectics restrict their caloric intake for long periods of time and deliberately starve themselves, resulting in loss of body weight of at least 15 percent. Weight loss is achieved by avoiding food, frenzied exercise, vomiting, laxatives and other means. Other characteristics of anorexia nervosa are an intense fear of becoming obese and distorted body image.
Bulimia Nervosa: A cyclic pattern of binge eating associated with some type of purging describes bulimia nervosa. Purging takes on several different forms: fasting, self-induced vomiting, excessive exercising or use of substances to speed up or ease digestion.
Bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa are often present together. These disorders are prevalent among women, especially between the ages of 12 and 30. One in 150 females suffers from anorexia nervosa, and recent studies on college campuses show that almost 20 percent of college females have bulimia nervosa.
What are Some Danger Signs of an Eating Disorder?
- Caloric restriction, binge eating and secretive eating.
- Extreme preoccupation with food (preparing food for others, shopping for others, reading recipes and food magazines, thinking and dreaming about food or binge eating).
- Distorted body image (claiming to feel fat when one is emaciated).
- Abuse of laxatives, diuretics, enemas and diet pills.
- Inordinate amounts of exercise.
Eating Disorders are Hazardous to Your Health
Eating Disorders can be extremely dangerous. Serious medical complications include sore throats and painful swelling of the cheeks in individuals who vomit frequently as well as tooth decay, loss of enamel and gum disease.
In serious cases, the body suffers from heart and kidney damage. The stomach can rupture, one can contract frequent urinary infections and suffer osteoporosis (the thinning of bones). Finally, menstrual irregularities and difficulties are also common in women with eating disorders.
How Does an Eating Disorder Develop?
Most researchers agree that eating disorders are an expression of unresolved psychological conflict. The psychological conflict an individual is experiencing may be a result of traumatic life experiences such as physical or sexual abuse or any other life experiences that leave the individual feeling flawed and defective.
Eating Disorders are a Form of Substance Abuse
Eating disorders are a form of substance abuse, and individuals who struggle with them appear to go through similar addictive cycles as those who suffer with drug and alcohol abuse. An obsession with food and dieting often becomes a way in which these individuals alleviate inner distress. In other words, their eating disorder becomes a diversion from negative thoughts or negative life experiences. By subordinating their actions to the goal of weight loss, victims believe (consciously or unconsciously) that they can bring structure and meaning to a world that they feel to be otherwise chaotic and beyond their control. Ironically, by pouring their talents and energies into dieting, some eating-disorder victims do become totally out of control.