An eating disorder is not about food and weight. Whether a person restricts food intake, binge eats, binges and purges, abuses laxatives, compulsively overeats, or excessively exercises, these behaviors are symptoms of a larger issue.
Eating disorders indicate a problem with one’s sense of self and self-worth. They develop as a way of coping with emotional pain, conflicts related to separation, low self-esteem, depression, stress or trauma. They are complex emotional and physical addictions that permeate all aspects of a sufferer’s life.
Eating disorders are serious problems that need to be diagnosed and treated as such. They can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gall bladder disease, diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer. If continued to be left untreated, these behaviors can result in even more severe medical complications that can be life-threatening and cause death.
An eating disorder will not go away without treatment. Recovery is often difficult and it takes time and hard work. It also takes professional help, including medical care, psychotherapy, and nutritional counseling, as well as support from friends, family members, and other people with eating disorders.
As a psychotherapist with many years of experience treating eating disorders, I can help not only address your eating disorder but also your overall emotional health and happiness. If you believe you are suffering from an eating disorder or know someone who is, please contact me as soon as possible so we can discuss your specific situation.