Treatment Overview for the Three Types of Eating Disorders

Man refusing to eat foodEating disorders can be treated. They are medical illnesses that could be diagnosed with other psychosocial or mental disorders. Most of the time, the problem arises in the young, with a greater prevalence among women compared to men.

Here are some of the current approaches for the treatment of binge eating disorder, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia nervosa.

The treatment that works for you

Most people dealing with the any of the three disorders receive medical intervention as an outpatient. Nevertheless, depending on the severity and the presence of co-morbidities, some require closer monitoring and medical or psychological support 24/7. The doctor who assesses the patient determines the type and level of treatment. The appropriate combination of treatment methods must be determined based on the individual needs of the patient.

What comprises effective intervention?

Destructive eating habits usually have some causative factors. As such, there is usually more than one intervention being implemented. The management of problems should be geared toward the root causes to be effective. If the assessment reveals that the eating disorder is a coping mechanism, then management focuses on identifying healthier and less destructive coping methods.

It is important to remember that what could be an effective intervention for one person may not necessarily be the right approach for another person with the same diagnosis.

Getting help and support

Medical intervention helps address the most important issues. However, a person who has been diagnosed with binge eating disorder, anorexia nervosa, or bulimia must also endeavor to get emotional support. There are many ways to get help, and it does not necessarily involve always being with people. Finding an activity one enjoys, where there are opportunities for self-expression, can provide respite from the stresses that come with mental illness.

Voluntarily engaging oneself in a recovery program is a good first step. If you are a binge-eater or have been diagnosed with bulimia or anorexia, there is help out there. Find the intervention that suits you best.