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Eating Disorder Therapists
I'm in the middle of eating disorder recovery. Therapist doesn't want me to weigh myself. Should i listen to her?
What other options are there for an older woman to resolve eating disorders when finding a therapist/psychiatrist to help has been unsuccessful?
How will my teachers react if my mam tells them about my eating disorder? I've lied about it for so long but my therapist wants my school to know.
Where should I begin with bulimia treatment? I have noticed that my health is deteriorating rapidly, but I am too afraid to go back to therapist...
Treatment team: For best results with bulimia, you need a treatment team that includes your physician, your therapist(s), nutritionist & psychiatrist. This complex illness involves body, mind, emotions, and spirit. What makes you afraid to return to your therapist? Is this person helping you understand and care for yourself better? Most therapists want to know of any problems, so they can be addressed. ...Read more
Those at risk are: Those with what are called predisposing factors (female, genetic load, cultural). Those don't necessarily make it happen. Problems such as adolescent body image, media and pressure to be thin, poor eating habits, being overweight, abuse especially sexually, harsh criticism from family about weight all contribute. When help is early on, there is less damage both psychologically and physically. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Rewarding: At some point, all maladaptive behavior that is maintained was reinforced/rewarded. Be it a reward of removing something painful (e..G, feeling out of control & exerting control not eating; removing guilt from binging through purging) or adding something pleasurable (e.g., receive complements for loss of weight). Nearly all behavior results from genetics + environment + experience + reward. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Laura Hill via TED: Watch dr laura hill's ted talk "eating disorders from the inside out." summary: "calm, pleasure & satisfaction is what most people experience after eating. But 4 people w/ eating disorders, food brings anxiety, disturbance & noise." watch here: http://bit.Ly/169jpxk. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Biologic, but not necessarily genetic. Women are more likely to have eating disorders than men, especially anorexia nervosa. In twins generally, if one has it the other has a higher chance of having it. That could be more sociological than genetic, especially when raised together. Sisters have a higher rate for that reason. Major mood disorders are higher in these families. Sexual abuse is common. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Eating disorder: There is no one single cause. It is combination of the "nature and nurture", which is the combination of biological/genetic and social and psychological factors. ...Read more
Eradicating?: I'm not sure eating disorders can be "eradicated, " since that implies that no one would ever develop them again. But they can certainly be treated when present, and need to be. A team approach with psychiatrists, psychologists, nutritionists, etc is often best. Some early warning signs can be heeded also, to prevent more entrenched illness. Eating disorders can be deadly if not addressed. ...Read more
Adolescence onward: Most people with eating disorders first develop significant symptoms in adolescence. There are some reports of eating disorders that develop before puberty, people with early onset may have a more serious disorder and early onset may be becoming more frequent. It is very unusual for an eating disorder to develop before age 9 or 10. ...Read more
There R various : Causes. Although most of the symptoms revolve around weight eds r about body image ; feelings of lack of self worth. Causality is different for each person, but the conflicts around food often arise from early interactions between infants/young children ; their caregivers. Some eds r a reaction 2 sexual abuse ; a desire 2 look like a child or 2 b overweight ; therefore, less attractive 2 an abuser. ...Read more
Perhaps: However, when a behavioral treatment does not work, it is often because it is the wrong one. Better treatment matching is a consummate skill. One needs to avoid providers who limit their approaches or who want to blame the patient for failure. ...Read more
Eating disorders: They can be a physical health problem because being overweight or underweight physically taxes the body and can be lethal in extreme vases of morbid obesity or anorexia. The eating is a physical manifestation of unprocessed, and often deeply conflicted emotions that can be quite extreme in some patients. ...Read more
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