Southlake Counseling - Mental Health Counseling & Psychologist/Therapist located in Davidson, NC & Charlotte, NC
Around 30 million Americans of all ages, genders, and ethnicities have an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge-eating disorder. At Southlake Counseling, in Charlotte and Davidson, North Carolina, Kimberly Krueger, MSW, LCSW, and the team offer customized counseling for eating disorders as well as support from a registered dietician. If you’re concerned about an eating disorder, call Southlake Counseling or make an appointment online today.
What are eating disorders?
Eating disorders are mental health conditions that cause disturbances in your emotions, thoughts, and eating behaviors. Eating disorders often co-occur with other mental health issues like anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. Eating disorders are often misunderstood, with many people believing that only women and girls suffer from a desire to be thin. In fact, eating disorders are complex, with a variety of contributing factors that don’t always relate to weight or appearance.
There are three main types of eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. There are also unspecified eating disorders that cause disordered eating that doesn’t fall under the diagnostic criteria for anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder.
What are the warning signs of an eating disorder?
The warning signs of eating disorders vary between clients and depend on the type of eating disorder. For example, common warning signs of anorexia include:
- Extreme weight loss
- Preoccupation with food and calories
- Restricted eating, like refusing entire categories of food
- Demonstrating food rituals
- Always cold
- Dressing in layers
- Menstrual cycle stopping
However, if you have bulimia, you’re more likely to:
- Develop strange food rituals
- Have a chronic sore throat
- Disappear after eating
- Use mouthwash, gum, and mints compulsively
- Have discolored teeth and increased cavities
- Be preoccupied with food and dieting
- Have weight fluctuations
If you have a binge-eating disorder, you’re most likely overweight. You may control or restrict your food consumption in front of other people, but binge eat when you’re alone. You may frequently diet, but not lose weight.
If you’re concerned about your disordered eating, it’s time to get help. Eating disorders are dangerous, and when left untreated, can cause severe health complications and even death.
How are eating disorders treated?
At Southlake Counseling, the team of compassionate mental health experts offers customized therapy to help you recover from an eating disorder. Depending on your needs, they may combine treatments, including radically open dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and Maudsley Family Therapy with support from Dodi Wicks, RD, LDN, CNSC, a registered dietician. They offer the right level and type of care you need for your recovery and health.
In addition to your eating disorder recovery program, Southlake Counseling offers a variety of therapeutic support groups and activities, including journaling and self-expression, yoga and movement therapy, and equine therapy.
Call Southlake Counseling or make an appointment online today for personalized treatment for eating disorders.