There are many eating disorders and their symptoms usually develop early in life. If left untreated, eating disorders can have a serious overall impact on the body.Common conditions include anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating, and rumination disorder, which involves repeated food regurgitation following a meal. Physical damage to the digestive system and repeated “binging and purging” can lead to dehydration and teeth and heart issues. In severe cases, some people develop cuts and calluses on the tops of their fingers from repeatedly inducing vomiting.
Some warning signs of an eating disorder may include skipping meals, adopting restrictive diets, eating in secret, excessive snacking, and use of dietary supplements or laxatives. Teen and young females are at a greater risk to develop eating disorders, but they commonly occur in males and can have a broader age range. The disorders are often associated with other mental health issues and can create depression and anxiety, suicidal thoughts or behavior, and concentration issues at home, work, and school. The disorders can be fatal and have been linked to family history and brain chemicals with certain types of people more at risk.
People who suffer from anorexia nervosa often see themselves as overweight but are, in reality, dangerously underweight. They obsessively weigh themselves many times throughout the day, while restricting their food to an extreme degree, often exercise excessively, and may force themselves to vomit or use laxatives. This disorder has the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder, and while many people with this anorexia nervosa die from complications associated with starvation, others die of suicide.
Bulimia nervosa is recurrent and frequent episodes of eating unusually large amounts of food and feeling a lack of control over the behavior. Compensation for overeating may mean forced vomiting, abuse of laxatives or diuretics, fasting, excessive exercise, or a combination of all of these. People with bulimia nervosa may be slightly underweight, normal weight, or overweight.
People with binge-eating disorder lose control of their health by overeating. Unlike bulimia nervosa, periods of binge-eating are not followed by purging, excessive exercise, or fasting. People with binge-eating disorder often are overweight or obese. Binge-eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in the U.S.
How We Help
Eating disorders are associated with the highest morbidity and mortality of any mental health disorder. They can lead to cardiac events and strokes because of stress – a low BMI really takes a toll on the body.
In disorders such as binge eating or emotional eating, the brain-gut connection is going to worsen. Complex carbs and sugars are inflammatory and can worsen anxiety states. The holistic techniques Alleviant utilizes with diet sound simple but it’s the discipline to pull it off. Working with our healthcare professionals is like having a coach. We treat the entire person – mind, body, and spirit. With eating disorders, it’s not just a pill, it’s a lifestyle change.
Eating disorders are impacted by a combination of physical, behavioral, and nutritional factors. At Alleviant, the team addresses every need, especially because of the physical dangers that eating disorders cause.
Therapy is usually a combination of cognitive behavioral and interpersonal psychotherapy because eating disorders are closely related to anxiety, OCD, and addiction and tend to be even more hidden than other disorders. They usually interfere with a person’s life to some extent, but restrictive or binge-purge behavior has been masked.
People living with eating disorders and their loved ones should not be afraid to discuss symptoms and concerns. It’s OK to talk or ask questions and approach it without shame as we continue to work to decrease stigma.
In our therapy, we combine holistic and integrative medicine, which allows us to provide you with a unique treatment plan based upon your genetics, nutritional status, and biochemical assay. This approach addresses the fundamental source of eating disorders and restores your natural state of balance and peace.
“You don’t have to live with this struggle any longer.”
– Kaye T. Patient of Alleviant Health Centers & Depression Sufferer
Comprehensive Psychiatric Care
We provide comprehensive holistic psychiatric care for those seeking psychiatric evaluations, counseling, and medication management. We recognize that each patient requires individualized attention and we’re committed to helping you maintain the right treatment regimen for your particular diagnosis. Our team of supportive psychiatric professionals and counselors enjoy walking alongside our patients during their healing journey.
Ketamine Infusion Therapy
Ketamine Infusion Therapy can provide rapid relief from depressive symptoms for a significant number of patients. In controlled, specific amounts, ketamine stimulates the creation and remodeling of neurons that have atrophied in depression. Approximately 70% of patients may experience a significant reduction in symptoms – many during their first infusion, which creates an excellent opportunity for rapid healing of emotional trauma with a therapist post infusion.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
TMS is a non-invasive procedure for treatment-resistant depression. It delivers magnetic impulses through an electromagnetic coil to the prefrontal cortex, the region of the brain associated with mood control. TMS helps nerves begin to communicate again and reinforces positive nerve pathways. Therapy takes place five days a week for four to six weeks. Each treatment lasts less than 4 minutes. TMS is FDA-approved for treatment-resistant depression. We will preauthorize you to make sure that your insurance is accepted.
The symptoms accompanying an eating disorder may include the following:
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