Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses characterized by abnormal eating habits that can cause physical and mental health problems.

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The three most common types of eating disorders.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is characterized by a persistent restriction of food intake, leading to a significantly low body weight. Individuals with anorexia nervosa have an intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even when they are underweight.

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa involves recurrent episodes of binge eating, followed by compensatory behaviors such as purging (vomiting, using laxatives or diuretics), fasting or excessive exercise. Individuals with bulimia nervosa are often of normal weight or slightly overweight.

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder involves recurrent episodes of binge eating without compensatory behaviors. People with binge eating disorder often eat rapidly, until uncomfortably full, and experience a sense of lack of control during the binge.

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The exact causes of eating disorders are not known, but they are believed to be caused by a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors.

Children and adolescents who are at risk of developing eating disorders may have a family history of eating disorders, a history of trauma or abuse, low self-esteem, or difficulty coping with stress

If you suspect that your child or adolescent may be struggling with an eating disorder, it is important to seek professional help as soon as possible. Eating disorders can cause serious health problems and even be life-threatening if left untreated. A healthcare provider, such as a pediatrician or mental health professional, can provide a proper diagnosis and develop a treatment plan that may include therapy, nutrition counseling, and medication if necessary.

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Early diagnosis and intervention can help improve outcomes for children with eating disorders.

If you're concerned that your child may have an eating disorder, it's important to talk to their healthcare provider for an evaluation and to discuss treatment options.

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We offer in-person and tele-health appointments

Our therapists will determine if tele-health therapy is an appropriate option for your individual needs and circumstances.