Eating Disorders Treatment Q&A

Eating Disorders Treatment Specialist Q&A

An eating disorder is a serious condition, and help is available. Psychiatry of the Palm Beaches is here to help treat eating disorders. Call us today or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Boynton Beach, FL and Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

Eating Disorders Treatment Near Me in Boynton Beach, FL and Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Eating Disorders Treatment Near Me in Boynton Beach, FL and Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Table of Contents:

What is an eating disorder?
How many eating disorders are there?
What causes eating disorders?
What are the symptoms of an eating disorder?
Where should I go if I think I have an eating disorder?

What is an eating disorder?


An eating disorder is a serious condition that can severely affect the person suffering from it, and in some cases, it can even be fatal. 

Some people mistakenly think that an eating disorder is the consequence of a lifestyle choice that can be changed at any time, but in actuality, it is much more severe than that. An eating disorder can affect an individual’s psychological, physical, and social functioning and it is most often developed during adolescence and early adulthood. However, a person can develop an eating disorder at any stage of life. 

The behavioral condition is characterized by constant and persistent worry about food, body weight, and shape and can affect men and women of all ages. 

Some of the most widely known eating disorders include but are not limited to; bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), and Pica. 

How many eating disorders are there?


Some of the most commonly known eating disorders to date are:

• Anorexia nervosa
• Bulimia nervosa
• Binge eating disorder
• Pica
• Rumination disorder
• Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID)

In addition to the six eating disorders mentioned above, some less commonly known eating disorders include. 

• Purging disorder
• Night eating syndrome

Other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED) refers to conditions not found within the DSM-5. This term encompasses any other conditions that may have similar or interchangeable symptoms to those of a known eating disorder, but that does not meet all of the parameters of the conditions mentioned above.

What causes eating disorders?


Although the exact cause of eating disorders is currently unknown, it is believed by some health professionals that a combination of physical, social, genetic, and psychological factors may contribute to the development of an eating disorder. 

Here is a list of some of the most understood and most commonly known causes. 

• Personality
• Chemical imbalance
• Home environment
• Genetics
• Social pressures from the media
• Health problems
• A history of dieting
• Chronic dissatisfaction with your body image
• Seeing the disorder and its behavioral characteristics in a close relative

What are the symptoms of an eating disorder?


A variety of signs and symptoms characterizes eating disorders, and although symptoms may vary with each disorder and amongst individuals, we have put together a list of the most common ones. 

• Strange behavior around food
• Unusually low or high body weight
• An irregular diet; eating very little or overeating food. 
• Eating alone or secretly
• Frequent bathroom use
• Obsessive thoughts about losing or gaining weight quickly
• Obsessive thoughts about physical appearance and body image
• Feeling guilty or ashamed with regards to food and food consumption

Where should I go if I think I have an eating disorder?


If you or a loved one feels they might be suffering from an eating disorder, we encourage you to seek help at Psychiatry of the Palm Beaches.

There is hope, and you are not alone; treatments such as psychological therapy (psychotherapy), nutrition education, medication, and medical monitoring can help.

You can start by seeing a primary care practitioner, or if it is available to you, a mental health professional is also recommended. There are teams of professionals specializing in eating disorder treatment; you may need to ask your doctor for a referral.

• A treatment team for eating disorders may include:
• A psychiatrist or a psychologist depending on if you need medication or not.
• A registered dietitian will be able to provide nutritional education to help you.
• Medical or dental specialists: these professionals can address and treat health or dental problems that can result from your eating disorder.
• People you trust closest to you, such as your parents, partner, family, and friends. 

At Psychiatry of the Palm Beaches, we can help you identify and treat an eating disorder. We encourage you to contact us and book an appointment because we want to help you live your best life. We have convenient locations to serve you in Boynton Beach, FL and Palm Beach Gardens, FL. We serve patients from Boynton Beach FL, Palm Beach Gardens FL, Jupiter FL, Lake Worth FL, West Palm Beach FL, Delray Beach FL, Riviera Beach FL, Century Village FL, Lake Park FL, and North Palm Beach FL.

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