Eating disorders are frightening conditions. Victims and their families face a feeling of hopelessness and a spiraling loss of control. These disorders are painful to experience and witness, particularly when a loved one is afflicted.
The good news is: we can help with you or your loved one’s disordered eating. There are evidence-based methods for treating this issue. These treatments are multifaceted examples of integrated medicine. Before we go into the treatment process, however, let’s take a look at the common types, causes and effects of eating disorders.
Anorexia is the most commonly-known form of disordered eating. It involves what is essentially self-starvation and intentional (if not controllable) under eating. Bulimia–often confused with anorexia–is marked by a cycle of binging and purging, with regards to food. A sufferer of bulimia will eat to excess, then purge their body of the food. Rumination disorder is defined by the involuntary regurgitation of food. Avoidant or restrictive food intake disorder is a form of disordered eating that results from factors other than those associated with the above disorders: the suffering individual is averse to food consumption due to fear of choking, aversion to certain colors or textures, or other related causes.
The causes of disordered eating vary widely. They are both biological and psychological. Outside factors, such as stress, co-occurring disorders, a family history of disordered eating and the psychological changes wrought by dieting can contribute.
Severe complications can arise from disordered eating, such as depression, anxiety, developmental problems and death.
At CRC, we use our four-pronged and wholly integrated treatment approach to help our patients with their disordered eating. Through a bespoke program that can incorporate everything from inpatient treatment to group, nutritional and horticultural therapy, the underlying causes of eating disorders can be addressed…so the disorder’s manifestations may be cured.