You might think of eating disorders as being solely a nutritional issue, but they are very much a mental health concern. At The Green Room Psychological Services Inc. in San Diego, California, the team works with you to identify the thought patterns leading to your disordered eating and works with you closely to change your relationship with food. Call the office today to book your eating disorder consultation at The Green Room Psychological Services Inc.
An eating disorder is a type of mental illness that centers around your relationship with food. It affects your eating habits, but the thought patterns that cause the changes in your eating habits go much deeper.
If you have an eating disorder, you probably think a lot about food, your weight, and the way you look. In fact, it may feel like those issues are all you can think about. If your eating habits are unhealthy because of your eating disorder, they can threaten your life if you don’t seek treatment.
Eating disorders appear most often in teenagers and young adults, but you can experience them at any age. You might eat too little because of your eating disorder or too much. Either can become detrimental to your physical health. Three of the most common eating disorders are:
Anorexia nervosa causes you to severely restrict your food intake or avoid food. This often leads to extreme emaciation and disordered thinking that causes you to see yourself as overweight. Other symptoms that might appear over time because of malnutrition include brittle nails, osteoporosis, or infertility.
Bulimia nervosa causes you to go through spurts where you feel like you can’t stop eating. After binge-eating, you feel like you must counter the effects. You might run to the bathroom to try and vomit, fast for a while, take laxatives, or spend hours at the gym. Common symptoms include tooth decay, acid reflux disease, and constant dehydration.
Binge-eating disorder is a lot like bulimia nervosa but without the reaction to the over-eating. Patients who have binge-eating disorder are usually overweight or obese due to their habits of eating copiously.
How are eating disorders treated?
The best way to treat an eating disorder is to go straight to the source: your thought patterns. The team at The Green Room Psychological Services Inc. creates your treatment plan based on your individual needs. Your plan for treatment might include:
Psychotherapy with a trained psychologist helps you learn to control or change the thoughts leading to your unhealthy eating habits.
Nutritional counseling helps you learn healthy eating habits as well as the dangers of disordered eating.
Eating disorders often appear alongside depression or anxiety, so treating these with medications can aid in changing the thought patterns that lead to disordered eating.
If your thought patterns are affecting your relationship with food and controlling your life, call The Green Room Psychological Services Inc. to request an appointment today.