Eating disorders are serious health conditions that can be both physically and emotionally destructive. Eating Disorders most commonly refer to Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder. Eating issues generally occur because people develop complicated relationships with food or their bodies that might result in compulsive exercising and overeating or under-eating, rather than allowing appetite and hunger to dictate one’s eating cycles.
Eating disorder treatment depends on your particular disorder and your symptoms. It also involves addressing other health problems caused by an eating disorder, which can be serious or even life-threatening if they go untreated for long enough.
Counseling for an eating disorder
Counseling may last from a few months to years. A number of different methods of counseling are used to treat eating disorders. They include:
- Interpersonal psychotherapy – It focuses on resolving relationship issues that contribute to your eating disorder. This type of treatment may be especially helpful if you have depression along with an eating disorder. It is short term counseling.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy – This type of counseling is also a short-term. it helps you address the thoughts, feelings and behaviors related to your eating disorder. It can help you learn to recognize and change distorted thoughts that lead to eating disorder behaviors.
- Family-based therapy – In this type of counseling, all the family members attend counseling sessions. It is especially useful for parents learning how to help a teen with an eating disorder.
- Group cognitive behavioral therapy – It involves meeting with a psychologist or other mental health provider along with others who are diagnosed with an eating disorder. It can help you address thoughts, feelings and behaviors related to your eating disorder, learn skills to manage eating disorder symptoms, and regain healthy eating patterns.