Recognizing if Someone You Know has an Eating Disorder

There are other eating disorders besides anorexia and bulimia. These are the two most well known eating disorders, but there is also a form of eating disorder known as EDNOS, or the Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. Great information about chemical dependency treatment programs is available on the link. Perhaps because of the vague nature of its name, EDNOS is not often understood nor taken seriously, and as a result, the mortality rate for EDNOS is the highest of all eating disorders.

The unfortunate thing about eating disorders is that they are not necessarily apparent. No longer do the underweight teen who doesn’t eat or the slightly healthier looking teen that vomits after each meal represent the entire eating disorder population. The fact is that disorders of this nature are largely psychological and require treatment, compassion, and understanding.

Behaviors associated with EDNOS include very obsessive-compulsive habits like sticking to very rigid diets or rules, letting diet get in the way of a normal lifestyle, frequently favoring workouts over meals, or fixations on diet that take over the entire day. Having a rigid diet habit means to have and adhere to extremely inflexible, and often unhealthy, rules, like never eating before a certain unreasonable time or avoiding entire food groups. A diet that interferes with a normal lifestyle might be one in which the person frequently cancels on social events in favor of unnecessary and intensive working out. The eating disorder center of California has experts in treating eating disorders. It is also symptomatic if the person in question spends unreasonable amounts of time all day long researching food and calories to further restrict or modify his dietary habits.

Many times, an eating disorder may come hand in hand with one or more other psychological disorders. It is also quite common to exhibit chemical dependencies. And what is a chemical dependency? Usually referred to as addictions, chemical dependencies are the result of addictive behavior that grows exponentially in order to sate the brain’s hit of feel-good chemicals that are released as the addiction is “satisfied.” Eventually, addiction transforms from a source of comfort to that of stress and impairment. Common simultaneous addictions to eating disorders include alcoholism, drug addiction, and even self mutilation.

It is absolutely imperative that anyone suffering from either an eating disorder and/or an addiction get treated for his afflictions, due to the inevitable decline in health he will experience without treatment. Learn more about the New Dawn Center. A patient’s community of friends and family can help by encouraging the patient to nutritional and behavioral counseling and/or psychotherapy. Some cases are severe enough that medication may be required. Treatment for any person undergoing these issues must be highly individualized, dynamic, and transparent. Counselors, physicians, and therapists must exercise empathy, trustworthiness, and honesty. Hopefully, the patient will have an adequate support network of loving friends and family who can use the community reinforcement approach to supplement the motivational interviewing and attempts at harm reduction that he undergoes during therapy.

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