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  • How An Eating Disorder Can Affect Your Amorous Relationship

    When you love someone, you can accept him regardless of the imperfections. You do not blame or judge them for it, unlike other people. At times, you may even find their flaws adorable and unique. 

    However, what may happen if the imperfection that the person you are in a relationship with carries is an eating disorder? 

     No one overeats because they are bad. In fact, the amount you struggle with your food is in all likelihood directly related to the level of your personal standards. — F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W.

    1. The Ill One May Be Unwilling To Attend Social Functions 

    Eating disorders come in a wide array of forms. While some tend to overeat, others merely have to swallow a bite or two before they feel the need to toss the food back up and out of their system. 

    Considering your partner is dealing with either condition, the fear that the illness will be put on display may discourage them from going to social gatherings. That is still okay if you are randomly dating, but it may ignite a fight between you two at some point since it implies that the eating disorder remains uncontrollable. 

    1. It Might Cause Miscommunication

    One way a healthy person can react after realizing that you have an eating disorder is making sure that they will not bother you during your recovery process. There are fewer questions about what you are going through, and the individual may act as if you do not have the illness at all to stop you from feeling awkward about it. 

    Although those are well-meaning thoughts, the lack of self-esteem may enable you to think that your partner is not asking anything because they do not care. However, with that in mind, you cannot fathom that the stress that emanates from such an assumption is enough to worsen the disease. It can, in fact, enable your significant other to drift off too if you continue assuming like that instead of communicating with him directly.  

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  • Recognizing Eating Disorders Among Teens – Therapists Warn Us Of The Danger

     

    You might think that eating disorders are just happening in adults, but it is also common for teens to develop this. There has been a great influence on teens wherein they need to be in a certain weight or a particular body shape just to fit in. Mostly in girls, they have been pressured to fit in and look for ways to get the body they want. Therapists and other mental health experts say this is becoming a mental health issue and can be very dangerous.

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  • The Relation Of Bulimia And Panic Attacks 

    You feel exhausted and unable to stop, yet each time you tell yourself that it will be the last one. Afterwards, you feel disgusting and ashamed. — Jennifer Rollin MSW, LCSW-C

    Most people always find things they do not like about their bodies. Hence, they still look for ways to improve their physical appearance through exercising or changing their eating pattern. The problem with this, however, is that they sometimes cross rivers to reach their goal. Some severely restrict eating the whole day or experience abnormal eating habits to prevent unintended weight game. These eating disorders often result in a great deal of harm to anyone.

     

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  • If In Doubt Shout

    Eating disorders can take a severe toll on both health, relationships, and the more quickly they are treated the more effective the treatment, and the less physical damage will be caused. The first step in seeking help is to acknowledge that you have a problem. Treatment of eating disorders always starts with a visit to a therapist that specializes in that field, so your first question should be “Is there a therapist near me?”An article from Betterhelp gave insights about this.

    The myth that you can tell who has an eating disorder based upon their appearance is incredibly dangerous to those who are struggling. — Jennifer Rollin MSW, LCSW-C

    THE TREATMENT PLAN

    Whether the eating disorder has resulted in major weight loss, treatment will always start with a dietary plan to restore your body to the correct weight. Malnourishment impairs cognitive abilities, so psychiatric care is likely to be less effective if you are malnourished. The therapist is likely to want to work with you to gain an understanding of the underlying causes of your condition. This will be used in the development of a personal treatment plan. Because of the complexity of eating disorders they frequently co-exist with other psychological disorders such as depression and anxiety disorders, and all these conditions must be treated for you to fully recover.

    The treatment plan is likely to be tailor-made to your environment, support systems, and symptoms. Usually, a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment is taken. Psychotherapy can include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CBT, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy DBT, and Cognitive Analytical Therapy CAT. You will receive nutritional counseling to help you to regain a healthier outlook on diet and nutrition so that you can be restored to a healthy weight.

    ASPECTS OF THE TREATMENT PLAN

    Psychotherapy is used to understand any underlying disorders, to help to restore relationships and the help you to obtain a healthier view about their body image and food. Over fifty percent of people suffering from an eating disorder also suffer from depression.

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  • Eating Disorder And Depression

    The causes of eating disorders are complex and not fully understood. Anxiety, depression, and eating disorders all have their roots in negative feelings of self-worth so it is hardly surprising that there is a strong link between them.

    When you become obsessed with your diet and eating habits, your emotions begin to hinge on that obsession. — Dawn Delgado LMFT, CEDS-S

    In 2008, a research study at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre found that 24% of bipolar patients suffered from eating disorders, and as many as 44% of these patients found appetite control difficult. The connection between these disorders runs both ways. Depression can cause eating disorders and eating disorders can result in depression. The physiological decay caused by the eating disorder can in itself result in depression. Although they are separate one disorder may trigger the other.

    DEPRESSION CHAT ROOMS

    Everyone feels sad or unhappy at some point in life, but if the feeling of sadness continues for long periods of time help must be sought. Depression can be a debilitating condition, and those that suffer from this condition need to open up to someone. Some may be shy, not wanting to burden family and friends with their problems, others may feel pressured into pretending that they are fine. No one needs to suffer alone. Find a Depression Chat Room. They are easy to access and free of charge. If not sure exactly about this, read more: https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/depression/can-a-depression-chat-room-be-helpful/

     Chat rooms provide a platform where people are able to talk to active listeners, sharing their thoughts, and problems with someone who can offer advice and sympathy. In the depression chat room the person guiding the discussion is usually a licensed therapist or counselor. Chatters who are not sure whether they are suffering from depression can take guidance from the counselor, who may suggest medical intervention. Training on various aspects of depression is often also available on the website.

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  • Challenges In Overcoming Eating Disorders And How To Beat Them

    When a loved one or dear friend is hiding or lying about self-destructive behavior, it often feels like we need to take action immediately. Even if it means destroying or disrupting a relationship. — F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W.

    Overcoming eating disorders is very demanding. It needs the willingness of the person to change and their cooperation in treatment. Another important factor is the support they get from the people around them, as well as close monitoring and encouragement of the professional health care team handling their case. Apart from these challenges, there are other elements which can inhibit a successful treatment for these patients. Below are some of the things you must keep an eye on in order to successfully assist the patient to overcome eating disorders.

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  • The Psychology Behind Anorexia Nervosa

    Anorexia nervosa is a multi-factorial mental disorder that affects mostly women. This means that it is caused by many interrelated factors and in many instances, there is no single factor to link to disorder. Whatever is the cause, the concern of the individual is to attain an “acceptable” body figure by aggressive means up to the point of starving and killing themselves from the complications of the condition. However, to the person suffering from anorexia nervosa, there is no “acceptable” body weight. There is only disapproval and feeling of disgust every time she sees her image in the mirror.

    Anorexia nervosa is a greedy illness. It takes everything it can. — Lauren Grunebaum L.C.S.W.

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  • The Relationship Between Depression And Eating Disorders

     

    What is Depression?

     

    Depression is most simply defined as feeling sad with little to no change in mood for at least weeks at a time. Common symptoms include the following:

    • extreme sadness
    • losing interest in things that one enjoyed in the past
    • feeling tired
    • change in eating and sleeping patterns
    • feeling worthless

    In our weight-biased culture, when a fat person loses weight, it is almost always seen as a good thing. Even when that weight loss is caused by an eating disorder. — Alexis Conason Psy.D.

    Connections to Eating Disorders

     

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  • How to Acknowledge an Eating Disorder

    Diagnosis: Physical Exam

    The most common physiological symptoms of eating disorders include, but aren’t necessarily limited to, high/low blood pressure, slow breathing and pulse rates, dry skin or hair, and brittle nails. All of these symptoms, tooth decay, heart irregularities, and extreme dehydration (the most tell tale sign of bulimia), are typical indications of bulimia. In a common doctor’s evaluation, a patient is normally given an x-ray and blood tests to ensure that there are no broken bones, blood levels are relatively normal, and the thyroid, liver, and kidneys are all working properly.

    People commonly misperceive that individuals with eating disorders are “vain” or that eating disorders are all about wanting to look thin like models in the magazines. However, the reality is that eating disorders are caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. — Jennifer Rollin MSW, LCSW-C

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  • How to Help a Loved One with an Eating Disorder

     

    People commonly misperceive that individuals with eating disorders are “vain” or that eating disorders are all about wanting to look thin like models in the magazines. However, the reality is that eating disorders are caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. — Jennifer Rollin MSW, LCSW-C

    Recognizing the Signs

    If you think that a friend or family member may have an eating disorder, be sure to check for some of the most common warning signs before confronting them. Typical warning signs include the following:

    • skipping meals
    • eating unusually small portions
    • refusing to eat in front of other people
    • insists that they are not hungry or that they’ve already eaten
    • spits out food before swallowing it
    • avoids foods that are high in fat, especially if they used to love a particular food
    • brags about losing weight drastically
    • analyzes food labels intensely before eating anything
    • forcing themselves to vomit after meals
    • eats huge quantities of food but still remains thin (could mean that they’re binge eating and inducing vomiting)
    • takes large amounts of laxatives or diet pills
    • wears baggy clothes
    • insists that they are overweight when they are extremely underweight
    • hates all of or certain parts of their body
    • believes that they can never be thin enough
    • exercises an unreasonable amount
    • has an obsession with food, eating, and their weight
    • denies that they have a problem
    • controls where they eat, especially if with a group of people
    • has a lack of impulse control
    • engages in self-injury or dangerous behaviors
    • abuses alcohol, sex, prescription and/or street drugs, laxatives, diet pills, etc.

    If you see a variety of these warning signs in a friend or family member, it may be a good idea to take some sort of action.

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