Eating disorders are serious conditions that impact not only the mental, physical and emotional well-being of the individual diagnosed but their family and friends as well. Eating disorders impact people from all backgrounds, races, gender and age. There are many different types of eating disorders. The most common are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, compulsive overeating disorder, binge eating disorder and other specified feeding or eating disorder. Eating disorders are not just about food or weight. Often eating disorder symptoms develop as an attempt to manage anxiety, self-esteem concerns, depression and other issues but the symptoms develop into an unhealthy pattern. There are a variety eating disorder symptoms; calorie restriction, purging, over exercise, binging, purging, laxative use and overeating are a few of the more common symptoms.
Individuals with eating disorders are constantly in their head over thinking, comparing their body to others and judging themselves. Their behavior may seem intense, habitual and isolative to others. Even though many people struggling with eating disorders want to change these behaviors they feel trapped in their thoughts and symptoms. And the shame, embarrassment and guilt they feel makes it hard to ask for help. But, help is what they need. Counseling for eating disorders often involves working to interrupt their problematic, unhealthy patterns and learning to seek support to engage in relationships and live life fully again.
Collaborative Counseling offers outpatient counseling for eating disorders and can also help to assess what level of care can best support you in developing the skills you need to overcome your eating disorder.
For more information on our counseling services and scheduling, please contact us to schedule today.
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