At LightHeart Associates, our eating disorder treatment program in Seattle is offered to help clients understand and overcome the emotional and physical toll of disordered eating. Our team of professionals can assist you in comprehending the root causes of mental health conditions like eating disorders, discovering productive ways to manage disordered eating behaviors, creating healthy methods for dealing with stressors and enhancing dietary patterns.
If you are looking for more knowledge about our eating disorder therapy program, please get in touch with us at 425.800.5688 today to schedule your initial appointment. In our eating disorder treatment center, you’ll have access to life-changing solutions that will allow you to reach a place of better mental well-being.
What Is Disordered Eating?
No matter the form it takes—overexercising, binge eating, or restrictive eating—eating disorders (EDs) can destroy your physical and mental health. Even though EDs come in many shapes and sizes, they all share one thing: their moments of disordered eating can be addressed with help from professionals who specialize in this field. Causes for disordered behavior vary greatly, but with continued support through ED treatment, you can take steps toward recovery to ensure long-term well-being.
Some of the most common forms of eating disorders include:
- Anorexia nervosa
- Bulimia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (AFRID)
Anorexia nervosa, also called anorexia, is an eating disorder in which people severely restrict their food intake to maintain a low body weight. People with anorexia become so fixated on maintaining an unrealistic body image that they may become dangerously thin. Anorexic individuals often feel intense fear and anxiety about gaining weight. Bulimia nervosa is characterized by binging and purging episodes and can include restrictive behaviors. AFRID is characterized by being unable to meet daily nutritional needs for reasons other than concerns about weight gain. This may consist of sensory issues or other challenges. Any extreme nutrient restriction or deficit can have devastating physical effects, and the distorted body image accompanying these behaviors can have devastating mental effects.
Our Eating Disorder Treatment Program
Treatment for disordered eating at LightHeart Associates may include the following.
Psychotherapy can be an effective means of comprehending and altering maladaptive thought processes and behaviors that contribute to disordered eating. Moreover, group therapy provides a safe space for those coping with similar struggles where they are able to receive comfort and inspiration from one another. Together these two approaches have the potential to help individuals overcome their eating disorders.
Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications can help alleviate painful emotional symptoms contributing to disordered eating patterns.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy
TMS therapy is a depression treatment approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). TMS can help with mood-related symptoms underlying disordered eating patterns, mainly when medications are ineffective.
The Impact of Eating Disorder Treatment
Benefits of our eating disorders services can include:
- Improved physical health
- More balanced eating habits
- Increased awareness of anorexic harmful behavior and thoughts
- Improved body image
- More extraordinary ability to manage anxiety or fear related to food, body image, and appearance
- Improved relationships with family and friends
With the right eating disorder therapy program, individuals experiencing disordered eating can make significant strides toward recovery, such as increasing self-esteem and stabilizing weight.
Find an Eating Disorder Treatment Program in Seattle at LightHeart Associates
At LightHeart Associates, we are dedicated to helping people in our communities access life-changing mental health care. If disordered eating impacts your life, we can provide the proper ED treatment for you. Contact LightHeart Associates today at 425.800.5688 or reach out online to learn more about our eating disorder treatment center.