Unfortunately, we all live in an image obsessed society. People have become so obsessed with society’s ideal of a perfect body, that they started losing their sense of self, and now folks are developing a variety of dangerous mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and bulimia. One of the common mental disorders people develop is anorexia. Anorexia, also known as Ana, is a psychological disorder that makes a person afraid to gain weight. Some sufferers of anorexia even go as far as forcing themselves to vomit, workout obsessively, cut themselves, and in some extreme cases they end up starving themselves to death. If you or a loved one suffers from this deadly disease, here are some treatment options for eating disorders.
Anorexia and bulimia aren’t just physical diseases, but they are mental ones as well. This is what makes bulimia and anorexia so dangerous and life threatening. The sufferer believes they are fat, even if they are skinny or at a normal weight causing them to adapt unhealthy behaviors. In order to get rid of the physical symptoms, we need to heal the mind and spirit first. Psychological treatment includes: Group therapy – Where patients have a group meeting with a health professional, and with others who are suffering with the same or similar disorders. Being around other sufferers will help them be more open about their feelings.
Cognitive behavioral therapy – Where a patient will have a one on one meeting with a psychotherapist who will help them manage negative emotions, develop better ways of coping with stress, and encourage healthy eating habits. The psychologist will probably ask them to keep a food journal, and share it with him or her during the next session. Family based therapy – The family of the patient will talk to a mental health specialist about ways they can help their loved one gain weight in a healthy way until they can do it on their own.
A dietitian will help create a meal plan for you, and educate you about the affects your disorder has on your body, and the nutrition required to improve your overall wellbeing. People are hospitalized for eating disorders when they are in great risk of dying, or when other treatment plans aren’t working. Going to the hospital will help stabilize extreme medical symptoms, especially if they can’t reach a healthy weight.
People with bulimia often times gorge themselves with food, then vomit everything up. Doing this can cause enamel erosion, cavities, and tooth decay. The dentist will provide them with a special type of fluoride toothpaste. If the damage is too severe, they might pull some of their teeth, give them a crown, or porcelain laminates. Did this article help steer you in the right direction? Were you able to help your loved one? Tell us in the comment section below, and don’t forget to share us with others. Together we can fight eating disorders and make our world a better place.