What is Disordered Eating?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 1 in 5 women struggle with an eating disorder or disordered eating . Such an alarming statistic for a problem that is so real but what do these words really mean and how can we substantiate a difference between them? Webster defines the word disorder as ‘an abnormal physical or mental condition’. An eating disorder mirrors both abnormal mental and physical patterns making it one of the deadliest psychiatric disorders. It is often characterized by disordered eating behaviors, distorted attitudes about food, and/or inadequate ways of weight control. The most common diagnoses are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and eating disorders not otherwise specified (ED NOS).
Information About Anorexia Can Save the Life of a Loved One
Anorexia Nervosa is a life threatening mental health illness that affects millions of people each year. According to the new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), a person must meet the following criteria in order to be diagnosed:
Consider This Before Deciding on Residential Treatment
It can feel like one of the hardest choices you’ve ever made as a parent. You’ve consulted various doctors, practitioners, friends and family members. Quite possibly, you’ve shared with your child or teenager some of what you’ve been thinking and their response has introduced doubt into your mind all over again. Even the choices you made before deciding to travel, sometimes a very long distance, to bring your child to residential treatment can be questioned as you walk through our doors.
I’ve seen many families admit their children over my two years at Center for Discovery. It is not an easy process. Oftentimes, there is a rush of uncertainty, doubt, and fear. Yet, in the midst of all those, there exists a hope that, maybe, this could actually help where you may feel completely at a loss. That hope is what gives you the courage to entrust your child to a house full of strangers and make the long drive home without her.
Deciding on Residential Treatment is No Easy Job. We Can Help
As one of those strangers, I am always struck and honored by the trust you place in me, in us. We live life with your children and teenagers for the weeks they are in treatment. What I want to offer in this post, is that, as I live life with them, I truly care about them and struggle with them for their recovery. I believe this is also true of my co-workers, and what I have found so unique to the atmosphere that Center for Discovery seeks to create. You are not leaving your child in a cold, institutional-like facility, but a home filled with professionals who offer both their skills and their hearts to the work of recovery. Knowing this may not make the decision easier, or the process less painful, but maybe it will ease something in you as you walk through our doors.
Don’t Let Eating Disorders Call the Shots
Call Center For Discovery now at 800.760.3934. If you are struggling with your recovery, or need treatment, don’t hesitate to call Center For Discovery immediately with any questions. Call now and speak to one of our highly trained admission specialists today. Or fill out this form for a FREE assessment. All calls are completely FREE and strictly confidential.