Eating disorders affect at least 30 million people of all ages and genders in the US. Although they’re more common in women between the ages of 15-35, men account for 10% of all eating disorder cases. At Adrian Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic in Adrian, Michigan, the team uses individualized psychotherapeutic approaches to address the causes of your eating disorder while also prescribing treatments to manage its symptoms. Call the office or use the online scheduling tool to make an appointment today.
An eating disorder is a serious psychiatric illness in which patients have abnormal eating habits. They include, but aren’t limited to:
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which patients starve themselves and have difficulty maintaining an appropriate weight.
Bulimia nervosa is a disorder in which patients starve themselves or repeat a pattern of binge eating and self-induced vomiting.
Binge eating disorder sees patients repeat patterns of eating large quantities of food, experiencing shame or guilt after, and not using healthy measures to counter binge eating.
Orthorexia is an obsession with eating healthy that results in the patient not eating enough.
OSFED applies to patients who don’t fit into a specific category like anorexia but still have an eating disorder.
If you’re struggling with an eating disorder, it needs to be addressed and treated as soon as possible because eating disorder patients have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
Different therapies work differently for each patient and depend on what stage of recovery the patient finds themselves. Treatment aims to correct the irrational thought patterns surrounding weight and food. The practice specializes in evidence-based psychotherapeutic approaches like:
A short-term therapy that focuses on the thinking process that causes your eating disorder habits. This symptom-oriented approach aims to change the distorted beliefs about your weight and the appearance of your body. By changing your beliefs, you can then modify any resulting behaviors.
A behavioral therapy used to treat anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. This treatment aims to develop skills that replace distorted eating disorder habits and focus on building mindfulness, emotional regulation, and stress tolerance.
This therapy aims to reveal the unconscious reasons for your distorted eating disorder behaviors to change them.
This approach requires that patients take an active role in their own treatment, while the provider offers support without actual counseling, and it aims to increase patients’ self-esteem and openness.
This method helps patients solve their insecurities around the reasons for their eating disorder and find the motivation to change their behavior.
This approach focuses on free will and the search for meaning in life and centers around the patient and their capacity to make rational choices.
It’s often effective to complement psychotherapy with help from a nutritionist, and the practice can recommend several specialists in your area.
If you or a loved one is suffering from an eating disorder, call the office, or use the online scheduling tool to make an appointment today.