Eating Disorders Aren’t Just About Food

Charlotte mental health servicesOne of the most popular misconceptions about eating disorders is that the person is choosing to restrict their food or binge on food. The reality is that an eating disorder is a serious mental health condition that has severe physical consequences. Binge eating, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and food obsessions all deserve to be taken seriously and treated with professional and compassionate mental health care. Legacy Freedom offers quality Charlotte mental health services, call us today to learn more.

Eating disorders impact people of all races, ages, body types, and genders. While they may appear healthy, those with an eating disorder are actually very ill. While the cause of eating disorders is not known, researchers believe that social factors, life experiences, and genetics can increase a person's risk of developing an eating disorder. While recent studies have found that eating disorders run in families, further research is working to determine if there is a DNA variation that can be tied to an elevated risk of developing an eating disorder.

Mental health disorders and eating disorders often co-exist together and can require both issues to be treated by trained mental health professionals. In many cases, it is difficult to know whether the eating disorder occurred before the mental illness or the mental illness lead to the development of an eating disorder. Some of the most common mental health disorders that occur with eating disorders are:

  • Bipolar and Bipolar II Disorder with Manic Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Depression
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Narcissism
  • Panic Attacks
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Multiple Personality Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Low Self-Esteem

Outpatient Charlotte Mental Health Services

Helping someone you love, or admitting to yourself that you have an eating disorder can be difficult and frightening. At Legacy Freedom of Charlotte, we understand that acknowledging your eating disorder or your co-occurring mental illness takes incredible bravery. Being able to talk about these issues and ask for help is the first step to overcoming them. Our holistic approach to mental health care treats the whole person, not just their eating disorder and mental illness. By combining traditional talk therapy in both individual and group settings, you can find the support and understanding you need as you begin to work through your mental health challenges.

Our Charlotte mental health services also includes access to nutritional and physical therapy. Working with our staff dietician and physical therapist allows you to heal the physical damage of your eating disorder while you learn to develop a healthy relationship with food. Alternative therapies like EMDR, inner child work, and equine assisted therapy play an important role in developing healthy boundaries and learning to cope with the cause of your eating disorder or co-occurring mental health issues. With more than ten different alternative therapies to choose from, your care team will be able to create a plan of care that is as unique as you are.

For more information on our treatment of eating disorders or how to spot someone who has an eating disorder, see our previous posts. Our caring and compassionate staff is ready to help. Call or click to connect today and overcome your challenges with your mental health and develop a healthy relationship with your body and eating with help from Legacy Freedom!

 

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