Millions of Americans from all backgrounds, ages, genders, and ethnicities suffer from an eating disorder. While they affect just about anyone, one thing remains true: eating disorders are serious and can have detrimental consequences that impact an individual’s 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. We provide individualized treatment for eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating.
Eating disorders are debilitating, but treatable with professional help. If you are concerned that you, a friend, or family member may have an eating disorder, take our eating disorder self assessment below. Please note that the results of our eating disorder assessment do not constitute a formal medical diagnosis. We encourage you to reach out for a proper diagnosis at Eating Disorder Solutions.
Individuals with eating disorders struggle with self-image and live with shame, fear, and anxiety. As a result, they adopt unhealthy eating habits that prevent them from getting the nutrition they need to live healthy, happy lives. 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. Since many symptoms of eating disorders are silent or easily hidden, you may not recognize when a family member is struggling. 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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If you suspect you or a loved one have the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder, our eating disorder assessment can help. Please keep in mind that a proper eating disorder diagnosis is necessary for treatment and recovery. Eating Disorder Solutions has proven and effective eating disorder treatment options that can help you regain a healthy, vibrant life.
Common Eating Disorders
The three eating disorders that most individuals are familiar with are anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Each eating disorder has its own set of distinctive signs and symptoms. Anorexia involves taking extreme measures to control body shape and weight which ultimately interferes with an individual’s normal activities and health. There are three specific signs related to anorexia nervosa you should be aware of; restricted calorie intake, scared to gain weight, self-conscious feelings about their weight and body size. Bulimia involves avoiding food before eating a lot in a short period of time and then purging. During a binge, individuals usually eat too much food, then try to compensate by vomiting, taking laxatives or diuretics, or excessively exercising. Binge eating involves eating too much or too fast even when an individual isn’t hungry or already feels full. The individual may try to hide food or eat in secret because of the shame and embarrassment associated with bingeing. However, these are just the basics of these eating disorders, but there are many other eating disorders that have their own set of signs and symptoms. Individuals can develop many other eating disorders, including body dysmorphic disorder, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder and other specified feeding or eating disorder.
Eating Disorder Solutions’ Eating Disorder Self Assessment: Can It Help Me?
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 eating disorder self-assessment.
Our eating disorder assessment is 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
If you believe you or a loved one have the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder, it’s important to seek professional treatment. Eating Disorder Solutions will provide a full, confidential evaluation and medical exam to diagnose any present eating disorders and co-occurring mental disorders.
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.
Anyone seeking eating disorder diagnosis & treatment for themselves or a loved one can rest assured that our residential and outpatient programs focus on client-centered care plans. We offer a welcoming, safe environment for individuals to explore their emotions and focus on long-term recovery. We don’t believe in a one-size-fits all approach to treatment and truly customize the program to the individual. Our treatment plan options include our residential program which 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.
Throughout each program, we uncover the underlying conditions of the individual and teach them coping skills. We have medical doctors, psychiatrists, therapists, and registered dietitians work with each client on their personal goals for recovery. Each program will include a variety of therapy sessions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Group Sessions, and One-on-One therapy to best meet the needs of the individual.
It can be hard for individuals to admit they are struggling with an eating disorder. If you or someone you know is suffering with an eating disorder, turn to the experts at Eating Disorder Solutions in Dallas, TX. We can provide a full eating disorder diagnosis and treatment plan that focus on whole-health recovery of the mind, body, and soul. With expert medical professionals, psychiatrists, and nutritionists, clients will begin a journey to full health and wellness.
Eating disorders are treatable. Get in touch with our team today to take the first step to get treatment today.