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Issues We Treat
Many of our families have been impacted by eating disorders, through family members or friends. At Center For Discovery, we understand that eating disorder behaviors are similar for many people, but the contributing factors are a unique combination for each person. When dealing with an eating disorder, food is used to deal with overwhelming emotions. By not eating, binging or purging, the manipulation of food can be self-soothing and act as a distraction from the problems in life that seem overwhelming. The three most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.
Anorexia Nervosa is a complex eating disorder with three key symptoms: refusal to maintain a healthy body weight, an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted body image. When dealing with anorexia, your life may revolve around your obsession with weight and body image and it can seem that you'll never be satisfied with how thin you've become. Individuals dealing with anorexia often diet obsessively and may starve themselves to the point of being dangerously thin. Anorexia affects both the mind and the body. With professional help, recovery from anorexia is possible.
Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder that is characterized by recurring episodes of binge eating, eating large amounts of food, and feeling a lack of control over eating. Bulimia is also characterized by recurring episodes of behaviors meant to counteract binge eating. These behaviors may include throwing up, but can also be the use of laxatives, diuretics, not eating, overexercising, or a combination of these behaviors. Individuals with bulimia also place an excessive emphasis on their body image. It is important to seek treatment for bulimia, as with other eating disorders. Treatment for bulimia is significantly more effective when detected early.
Binge Eating Disorder
Binge Eating disorder is an eating disorder which is often misunderstood. With binge eating disorder, individuals often feel out of control with food and eat large amounts of food in a short period of time. Often, after eating, individuals will feel intense shame ang guilt about their behavior and may attempt to hide it from family and friends. Binge eating disorder is not uncommon. As with other eating disorders, having binge eating disorder is not a sign of weakness or a character flaw.