Eating disorders are serious health conditions that involve ongoing eating behaviors that have a negative impact on individuals’ health, emotions and ability to function. If you’re asking yourself, “Do I have an eating disorder?” the specialists at Eating Disorder Solutions in Dallas, Texas, can provide an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment. First and foremost, we want to educate you about these disorders so that you know whether to seek treatment. In most cases, individuals with eating disorders worry too much about their weight, the foods that they eat and the shapes of their bodies. As a result, they adopt unhealthy eating habits that prevent them from getting the nutrition that they need. The longer they suffer from the disorder, the more likely they are to develop bone, dental, digestive system and heart issues.
Although eating disorders develop in teens and young adults most often, they can manifest at any age. Symptoms may vary depending on the specific eating disorder. However, some common signs include:
- Avoiding food
- Abusing diuretics or laxatives
- Obsessing over how they look
- Obsessing over how much they weigh
- Exercising so much that it becomes unhealthy
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Common Eating Disorders
The three eating disorders that most individuals are familiar with are anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Anorexia involves taking extreme measures to control body shape and weight which ultimately interferes with an individual’s normal activities and health. Bulimia involves avoiding food before eating a lot in a short period of time and then purging. Binge eating involves eating too much or too fast even when an individual isn’t hungry or already feels full. However, these are just the basics of these eating disorders, and many other symptoms come into play. Individuals can develop many other eating disorders, including body dysmorphic disorder, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder and other specified feeding or eating disorder.
If you’re asking yourself, “Do I have an eating disorder?” after learning some of these basic symptoms and characteristics, take a look at our self-assessment. It’s based on the criteria that we use to diagnose eating disorders. These criteria are set by the American Psychiatric Association in the fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This manual provides diagnostic guidelines for all categories of behavioral and mental health conditions in children and adults. Although our quiz can help you learn more about your health, it’s not a replacement for seeking a clinical diagnosis from a medical professional. Only use the eating disorder questionnaire below to gauge if you or a loved one may need help. If you meet some of the criteria for having an eating disorder, you should contact a clinician. Consider calling Eating Disorder Solutions directly to speak with an eating disorder intake coordinator about your questions and concerns or fill out our confidential contact form.
Eating Disorder Treatment Programs at Eating Disorder Solutions
After asking, “Do I have an eating disorder?” and determining that you might need treatment, our trained staff can perform a full physical and mental assessment. This will allow us to determine whether you do have an eating disorder. If you do, our treatment center can provide the full continuum of care that you need to make a full recovery. We understand that eating disorders have underlying causes, so we take an integrated approach to treatment that addresses your emotional and physical concerns. Our team members also work together to create a truly customized treatment plan that meets your specific needs. In particular, our registered dietitians determine the nutrients that your body needs in order to create a meal plan that focuses on replenishing those nutrients. We teach clients how to plan meals and enjoy eating a balanced diet as well.
All of these services and more are offered in each of our programs. Our residential program is our highest level of care, and not many treatment centers offer it for eating disorders. It includes 24-hour supervision in a stress-free environment that supports your efforts to recover. Our partial hospitalization program is a step down in the level of care but continues to include all of the therapeutic and meal support needed. It’s ideal if a client still requires a lot of structure upon completing our residential program. The next step down in our level of care is an intensive outpatient program. It provides structured therapy and meal support but involves fewer hours of weekly treatment at our facility. However, our standard outpatient program involves the fewest hours of treatment each week. Despite that, we continue to offer therapy and meal guidance to help you stay on track.
Are you still wondering, “Do I have an eating disorder?” Do you think that a loved one suffers from an eating disorder? Reach out to Eating Disorder Solutions in Dallas, Texas, today to get treatment.