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Speed up on your eating disorder recovery with these tips

Aug 31, 2019

The overall health of people has certainly come down by a large amount in the past two decades. The major contributors to this change are the difference in the style of living and also the difference in the kinds of food items that people consume. Stress and anxiety that comes with the careers of a person is also a very important contributor. And speaking about health problems, eating disorders stay right at the top when it comes to the number of patients. Diagnosis and treatment methods are numerous but the responsibility to find the best one is upon the patient.

What exactly is an eating disorder?

The proper knowledge about the health issue is quite important if you need to diagnose the problem as soon as you have it. Also, you would require knowledge about the problem if you are to find the best treatment for it. Eating disorders are mainly of three types. And basically, all eating disorders mental problems and the patient would show signs of abnormal eating.

Anorexia nervosa is the type of eating disorder in which the patient would not even eat what is required by the body. The major reason for this is that the patient would be under the expression that his or her body is getting overweight. There would be a very bad image of the body in his or her mind. Such people would not eat almost anything and in extreme cases and they might even starve themselves. The major problems associated with this type of eating disorder are weight loss, reduced blood pressure, etc. 

Bulimia nervosa is the type in which the person would eat a lot. He or she would not be able to control the eating. When it comes to food items he or she would not be able to stop. But once the eating is over, there would be a feeling of guilt and the person would start trying extreme measures in order to remove the food items from the body by vomiting, excess exercises, etc. are some of the techniques that they might use. They too would have immense stress about being overweight but they wouldn’t have problems like weight loss.

Binge eating is perhaps the most common type when it comes to eating disorders. The person would not have self-control as far as eating is concerned. He would have guilty feelings about the eating but the difference from Bulimia is that the patient would not try anything in order to get rid of the food items (food eating disorder) that have been taken in.

Try out psychological therapy

Eating disorders are health issues that are mainly caused by problems in the mind. So a psychological therapy is very likely to help you out. Most people do not eat enough or eat excess because of reasons like stress, anxiety, and other mental illness. When it comes to psychological therapy there are mainly three types:

  • The first type is cognitive behavioral therapy. This is aimed at bettering the way the person would behave to others. The thoughts that the person have and the kind of feeling that he or she has would also be affected by the treatment. In short, this eating disorder treatment would teach the person to change troubled eating thoughts and create healthy eating behaviors.
  • Another effective method is family-based therapy. Many people find it difficult to rectify the problem of eating disorder on their own. So, it would be quite helpful if the family members help the person to do so. The family together would try to ensure that the eating patterns of the person are changed into a healthy one. This would especially helpful if the patient is a child or a teenager and if the parents take effort to correct them.
  • Group cognitive therapy is another method that can help a person get rid of eating disorders. A group of people who suffer from eating disorders would work together along with a specialist in the field. All the members in the group would be able to help each other when it comes to curing the issue.

Education about the required nutrients

Most people are unaware of the type and levels of nutrients that a human body requires. Hence even though a person eats a lot, he or she would not be getting the adequate amounts of all the nutrients. So if a person with an eating disorder knows about the nutrient levels that are required, he or she would be able to eat only what is required. With the help of a dietician, the patient would be able to construct an eating pattern and plan which would be helpful to get rid of the unhealthy eating.

Medications

There is no medication that can directly cure eating disorders. But still, other kinds of treatments like psychological therapies can be incorporated with various kinds of medications like anti-depressants. The strength of the medication depends on the weight of the person and the intensity of the issue. These medicines would help the patient to subside binge eating and other related eating disorders. But still, their consumption on a regular basis is not recommended.

Residential treatment

Eating disorders can be quite bad as alcoholism and smoking. Hence there are organizations that would take patients and treat them by accommodating them in the premises. Since the person is staying in the institution itself, the specialists would be able to take long term care about the patient. The entire eating pattern can be planned and strictly followed. Also if some sudden health issue occurs, the patient can be treated quickly.

But no matter what the treatment method is, the patient should be cooperating in order for the treatment to be successful. There would be nothing effective if the treatment is forced on the patient. He or she should understand the importance of treatment and should stay interested and involved.
 

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