Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorders and others can cause harmful effects on a person’s physical, psychological, and emotional wellbeing. A person who suffers from an eating disorder often has severe distress regarding their body weight and/or shape, or may make extreme efforts to manage their food intake. The National Institute on Mental Health notes that an eating disorder may begin with eating small or substantial amounts of food, but at some point, there becomes an urge to eat less or more, causing the person to spiral out of control. Thankfully, treatment is available to help anyone overcome their eating disorder.
The severity of the eating disorder and potential coexisting disorders determines the level of treatment that one pursues. The following is a brief description of various techniques that have been proven to treat eating disorders effectively:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) – this technique aims to help the person change negative thought processes to more positive, productive thoughts.
- Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) – this is a holistic approach in which a customizable meal plan is formulated by a registered dietitian.
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) – a form of psychotherapy, this approach uses cognitive and behavioral methods as an approach to dealing with painful emotions.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) – a form of therapy used to help people accept their feelings and emotions.
- Exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP) – a person is gradually exposed to their fears and with these exposures comes desensitization to the fear itself.
While these are just a few forms of effective treatment, they are typically utilized within a residential or outpatient program. Early identification of an eating disorder can help prevent the worsening of symptoms and further damage to the mind and body.
If you suffer from an eating disorder, please speak with one of our professionals today. A residential program may be necessary to give you adequate support, 24/7. If your disorder has not yet become severe, an outpatient program may prove beneficial because it will allow you to maintain your daily work and home responsibilities while receiving optimal care.
Avalon Malibu, a certified primary mental health treatment center, offers residential and outpatient programming for eating disorders. The New Vista Behavioral Health family of treatment centers holds themselves to higher standards, providing exceptional care and better outcomes. Start your journey to recovery now by calling us for placement in one of our treatment programs: 888-316-3665.