If you are suffering from an eating disorder, help is out there. While the road to recovery is long, deciding to seek treatment is often the most difficult step. Choosing to get help means you are serious about your health, and there are plenty of professionals out there to guide you on this journey. Learn about different treatment options so you can decide what is best for your situation.
People with eating disorders often believe inaccurate things about certain foods and may even be afraid foods that they have deemed “dangerous”. Because of this, it can be challenging for someone recovering from an eating disorder to add fats, carbs, other essential nutrients to their diet. Working with a dietitian will help you to dispel these food myths and learn about proper nutrition. Many people with eating disorders find that dietitians can provide much-needed structure and accountability which can make it easier to adapt to a healthy lifestyle.
Of course, nutrition is only one part of the problem for those suffering from an eating disorder. Because these conditions start in the brain, seeing a therapist alongside a dietitian can help you to address your problem from both the physical and the mental side. Different types of therapies exist and can help address different concerns. Traditional talk therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) help patients to talk out their problems. These treatments can be helpful for patients who suffer from anxiety and depression, which is common in those with eating disorders. For some, however, this type of therapy may not be enough. Consulting with a psychiatrist might be helpful if you feel like medication may be necessary for your mental health.
Many eating disorder patients have a hard time implementing healthy lifestyle changes in their everyday lives. For these people, an inpatient program is a way to learn to control their eating disorder in a safe space, surrounded by medical professionals and other people with the same condition. These treatments are in residential facilities, where a patient will live with other eating disorder patients for a certain period of time, usually a few weeks. During this time, the diet and mental health of the patients is strictly monitored. Inpatient programs are a good option for those with severe eating disorders, or for individuals who feel they would benefit from constant supervision during the early days of their recovery.
Now is the time to take the first step in your recovery. Call (917) 747-1627 today to schedule an appointment with Registered Dietician Traci Fields.