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Introduction and Overview of Eating Disorders
Eating disorders are a serious medical illness related to persistent negative eating behaviors that have a negative impact on a person’s physical and mental health. People who suffer from eating disorders typically become preoccupied with food intake as it relates to their weight and/or body shape. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, eating disorders are not a lifestyle choice, however they are biologically influenced medical illnesses that can be treated and cured. Eating disorders can affect people of any age, race, body weight and gender, and although it is known that eating disorders often appear during a person’s teens/young adulthood, they also may develop during childhood or during adulthood – essentially appearing at any time. Most commonly affected are women between the ages of 12 and 35, and according to the National Library of Medicine, up to 13% of youth may experience at least one eating disorder by the time they are 20 years old.
Although overwhelmingly common, it has not yet been determined what exactly causes an eating disorder; however there are studies that have been done to try and establish factors that may play a role in disordered eating. One of the theoretical causes is genetics and biology. It is said that brain chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine may play a role in causing eating disorders to form. Another cause is thought to be related to a person’s personality traits, and those who are perfectionists, have low self-esteem, or are prone to impulsive behaviors may be more likely to develop an eating disorder. Other potential causes of an eating disorder include societal pressures and cultural preferences to be thin that may have been prompted by the media as well as society’s overall perception of beauty.
The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. Anorexia nervosa, commonly called anorexia, is a potentially life-threatening eating disorder where people generally view themselves as overweight even if they are dangerously underweight. People suffering from anorexia tend to closely monitor their weight and severely count and limit their calories and food intake. Common symptoms of anorexia include restricted eating patterns, an intense fear of gaining weight, a distorted body image including denial about being underweight and a relentless, obsessive pursuit of being thin.
Bulimia nervosa, commonly known as bulimia, includes binging and purging. People suffering from bulimia tend to eat unusually large portions of food in a short period of time until feeling painfully full, then purging the food through methods such as forced vomiting, fasting, diuretics, enemas and excessive exercise. The symptoms of bulimia are very similar to that of anorexia, however individuals who suffer from bulimia usually maintain a normal weight or are slightly overweight instead of becoming intensely thin. Symptoms of bulimia include uncontrollable episodes of binge eating and purging, low self-esteem and fear of gaining weight.
Binge eating disorder is when people consume large amounts of food and do not restrict calories but then do not participate in purging behaviors to compensate for their binges. Common symptoms include having no control during episodes of binge eating, feelings of shame or guilt when thinking back to the binge eating episodes, and rapidly eating large amounts of food in secret.
Eating disorders can be life threatening and must be taken very seriously. Anorexia can be fatal – in fact, anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder out there. People suffering from this mental health disorder may die from medical conditions and complications surrounding starvation. For this reason, along with the many severe health detriments that develop from disordered eating, it is important to seek help for your eating disorder. Although life-threatening, eating disorders are treatable and in a lot of cases the damage done to your body are able to be reversed. Our eating disorder treatment center in California offers the help you need to get better today.
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What Kinds of Treatment Are There for Eating Disorders?
Enlight Treatment Center is an eating disorder residential treatment facility in California. There are various treatments offered for clients who are suffering from eating disorders, some of which include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). CBT is the leading evidence-based treatment to help cure eating disorders. CBT is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps people identify and change negative thought patterns from continuing to form. This approach helps clients to identify and change negative thinking patterns from continuing to form by providing each client with a full understanding of the interaction between his or her thoughts, feelings and behaviors to push for positive behavioral changes. DBT is a form of CBT that focuses on the acceptance of a specific experience and teaches clients skills to cope with and change unhealthy behaviors. DBT focuses on changing behaviors and specifically developing skills to replace unhealthy behaviors of an eating disorder.
In addition to the behavioral therapy offered, we also focus on helping our clients build mindfulness, establish communication skills, develop interpersonal relationships, regulate emotions, and tolerate distress. We use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which focuses on changing actions rather than thoughts and feelings. We want to help clients identify their core values and commit to creating goals that fulfill these values. We also help clients accept pain and anxiety as a normal part of life, which lessens the need to exert control.
Lastly, we use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for related trauma, if appropriate. This is a form of psychotherapy that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. When an eating disorder is tied to trauma, this is when EMDR will be helpful.
What to Expect in an Eating Disorder Treatment Facility in California
Eating disorders illustrate a very close connection between physical and emotional health. In order to treat a person suffering from anorexia, it is not only important to help restore the individual to a normal weight, but also to address the underlying emotional problems that may have caused or contributed to the severity of the eating disorder. In order to mentally overcome an eating disorder, it is important to implement psychotherapy to help the individual understand how some underlying thoughts, emotions and behaviors have contributed to their illness and how they could improve their emotional well-being as it pertains to their physical well-being. Therefore, it is important to treat both the physical and the mental side of an eating disorder in order to overcome it.
Our eating disorder treatment facility in California emphasizes mindfulness, communication and the importance of building self-esteem. Clients can expect to receive individualized treatment plans based off of the initial evaluation to determine the nature of the eating disorder, the severity of the disorder and the best methodology to treat that specific person. We believe that truly effective treatment and care will take on a holistic presence in the lives of our clients, and we incorporate a wide range of therapeutic and meditative approaches to curing eating disorders. Eating disorder treatment centers offer both therapeutic and holistic methods to treat, manage and cure an eating disorder.
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Enlight’s Eating Disorder Inpatient Treatment
Our eating disorder treatment center in California is here to help people who are suffering from any kind of eating disorder, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder and more. We believe in an individualistic approach to curing an eating disorder, and we offer several different forms of psychotherapy alongside many different holistic techniques. We promote healthy, meditative, positive socialization for our clients, and medically, if needed, clients consult with our psychiatrist who prescribes appropriate medication.
Enlight Treatment Center serves as a safe place for those suffering from eating disorders and are in need of treatment. We highly recommend getting help for your eating disorder to ensure no long-term, irreversible damage to your body and your mind, and if you have already suffered physical side effects of an eating disorder, it is possible to reverse the damage done to your body and your brain.
Our inpatient treatment facility in California has a staff of trained medical professionals whose mission it is to help you overcome the eating disorder using methods that work specifically for you. We want to see all of our clients receive the attention and care that they need and deserve throughout their stay. At Enlight Treatment Center we believe that our clients deserve a future that is free of suffering, and our clients owe it to themselves and their future to receive help from dedicated, trained professionals who are passionate about improving lives and curing mental and physical disorders. Enlight Treatment Center is here every step of the way, beginning with the initial diagnosis, throughout treatment, and finally through aftercare where we provide the resources our patients need to stay on a healthy path. We want you to get back to feeling like and looking like your best, most healthy self, and we are extremely dedicated to helping you get there and stay there as you move toward a more positive future.
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