Eating disorders affect more than 30 million Americans at least once in their lives. Among all mental illnesses, eating disorders are the most common causes of health problems and subsequent death.
Thus, psychiatrists emphasize the importance of treatment programs that offer a holistic approach to management of eating disorders.
You usually manage eating disorders through outpatient counseling with a therapist. Your counselor will perform a detailed history and physical examination to assess your psychological, emotional, and social needs.
You undergo psychotherapy during the initial therapy session to determine the appropriate plan of action and then advised regular psychotherapy sessions for six to twelve months.
Based on initial assessment on the day of the consult, your therapist may advise you to undergo inpatient treatment. This involves staying for longer periods at a treatment facility to address severe eating disorders.
Partial hospitalization programs improve your focus on recovery and eliminate external stressors that may aggravate your symptoms. Doctors also recommend inpatient treatment, if the patient refuses compulsory treatment for anorexia nervosa and bulimia.
Treatment of other conditions resulting from eating disorders is crucial to ensure complete recovery. Achieving the normal body mass index (BMI) is the most important goal of eating disorder treatments. In treatment programs for eating disorders, the goal is to have an average gain of 0.5 to 1 kg per week.
Therapists also supervise safe weight gain among patients with anorexia nervosa and bulimia by facilitating a gradual increase in food consumption. You are to follow a regular eating pattern without using laxatives and diuretics after meals.
Vitamins and other supplements will be an addition to your diet based on the measured deficiencies in your body.
Early symptoms of eating disorders such as excessive dieting, abnormal binge eating, and self-induced vomiting require immediate intervention. Studies show that early detection, evaluation, and management of eating disorders can substantially improve your quality of life.