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could therapy help treat eating disorders?

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Dr. Daniel Sternberg
Clinical Psychology 49 years experience
Eating disorders: Yes, therapy could help. The best way to find out is to find a therapist in your area who specializes in eating disorders (google, professional organizations, your family doctor), and get an assessment. Help is definitely available!

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A 27-year-old member asked:

Who is at risk for eating disorders?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Several groups are.: Folks with depression, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders & obsessive compulsive disorders all can have issues of eating too much, too little or eating only a specific kind of food. The more direct and obvious groups are those with anorexia, bulimia or pica. Other eating disorders may come from endocrine or other medical abnormalities - thyroid, diabetes and more.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the most common types of eating disorders?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Those in depression: The large numbers of mood disorder patients & the fact that so many of them develop altered appetites one might say that is the largest group. If the category " eating disorders" is strictly followed, most common are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and their related syndromes. Most are young women making them vulnerable over a long period of time to serious health & psychosocial consequences.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there tests to diagnose eating disorders?

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Dr. Sarab Alfata
Family Medicine 20 years experience
No: No specific testing to diagnose ed. The diagnoses depends on the history and physical exam findings. Some blood tests will be ordered to check the medical stability of the patient and monitor the condition to avoid serious complications.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How does the media contribute to eating disorders?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Several ways, + & -: Endless cooking shows & food commercials glorifying foods that are just not healthy, all the while saying they are. Diet & weight reduction commercials that are misleading, touting eat anything you want, take this, use this and lose weight fast. Doctored photos of obesity to gorgeous and sexy, in unrealistic time, doesn't help. Myriad ads of women (and men) silently screaming beautiful is thin.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What are the contributing factors to eating disorders?

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Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: Often depression/anxiety are often risk factors for eating disorders as well as dysfunctional family and personal relationships. Also family history is important as well.

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