Eating Disorders

Eating disorders can be defined as a range of psychological disorders characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits. Different variations of eating disorders include; Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, Compulsive Eating, Binge Eating Disorder, and Body Dysmorphia. Seventy million people worldwide have suffered from an eating disorder in their lifetime. Eating disorders are serious and can be fatal. However, they are also very curable and many individuals that have suffered from eating disorders have overcome them and experience freedom in their present lives.

“It’s very crucial that you get your feelings out–but don’t ever inflict harm on your own body because your body is so sacred.”

-Demi Lovato

This is a short film titled “Empty”. In its brief 8 minutes, it does a sufficient job at demonstrating just one day in the life of someone who is haunted by their eating disorder thinking. The main character feels sick, scared, hopeless, and depressed. However, at the end of the film, a glimpse of hope comes through as she challenges and dismisses the thoughts and starts on the path of healing.

So how do I treat my eating disorder?

Eating disorders are very complex and so take a complex approach to treat. It is recommended to use a combination of individual therapy, group therapy, and nutritional education to achieve the best results. When working with eating disorders I use a combination of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to address triggers and symptoms and Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT). EDIT is a specialized version of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) created by Dr. Dorie McCubbrey and has been proven to be very successful in the treatment of eating disorders.

*note-depending on severity, a more complex treatment plan may be recommended