Eating Disorder Symptoms and Types
There are several distinct eating disorder categories, and the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical manual from the American Psychiatric Association lists six different types of eating disorders.
How are eating disorders treated?
Since eating disorder sufferers experience nutritional deficiencies and need adequate, patient guidance to learn how to properly care for themselves with a healthy diet and eating habits, a nutritionist’s input is needed in their treatment plan.
The nutritionist will counsel the individual on what a healthy diet looks like, and how to implement it into their life. The right diet will cure any nutritional deficiencies and health problems that may have occurred during the course of the eating disorder and drug addiction.
In addition, a supportive, trained therapist is also needed to help the individual untangle the harmful beliefs that caused their eating disorder. Since eating disorders are often accompanied by anxiety and depression, medications can be prescribed to help ease the symptoms.
Recovery doesn’t happen overnight, and certain parameters must be put in place in the form of an on-going maintenance plan to give people the best chance of a life free from drug addiction and the pain and disruption of an eating disorder.
Inpatient and outpatient support groups are an effective way of giving recovering addicts and eating disorder sufferers, the support they need to live a healthy lifestyle. Support groups give sufferers a sense of community and understanding where their voices are heard.
A sense of isolation, which commonly occurs in people suffering from mental health disorders and drug addiction, dissipates in a group where the individuals have all experienced the same struggle. This gives the person in recovery the feeling that they are not alone, and through the group, they can continue to learn positive coping mechanisms and life skills that will keep them on the path to recovery.
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