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There are two types of eating disorders that occur in many different people. These disorders can be very dangerous and are very compulsive. Many people feel that those suffering from these types of disorders should just get over it however, it is not that easy. These disorders are compulsive behaviors that are to some extent involuntary and sufferers continue to do them even though they have adverse side effects.

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder where the person suffers from an increased fear of gaining weight and becoming fat. They likely experience a view of themselves that is very skewed, believing themselves to be overweight even when they are severely underweight. People suffering from this disorder often moderate their food intake so severely that they are not consuming enough to sustain life.

Another disorder that is very similar and just as dangerous is bulimia nervosa. Bulimia is very similar to anorexia in that it has to do with having control over food however, unlike with anorexia sufferers those who suffer from bulimia tend to overeat. In fact, those who suffer from bulimia tend to eat excessive amounts of food in one sitting (called a binge) and then purge the food. Bulimia can result in being underweight or overweight though most sufferers maintain an average weight.

Some type of eating disorder occurs in 8 million Americans. Anorexia for example, occurs in nearly one out of 200 American women. Bulimia occurs in 2-3 out of 100 women. As we said, many of the people who suffer from these disorders are women however 10-15% of people with eating disorders are men.

The symptoms of anorexia nervosa are intense fear of gaining weight, drastic weight loss, dieting excessively, purging after eating, excessive exercise, often very cold, depressive and being very inclined toward solitude.

Symptoms of bulimia nervosa can include dehydration, oral trauma, infertility, scars on the back of the hands, dental erosion and swollen salivary glands. These things are often side effects of forced vomiting that many bulimics do after a binge eating session.

Treatment of anorexia is reliant on three different types. The first and most important thing is to help the person get back to a healthy weight. People suffering from anorexia nervosa are often severely underweight and so it is most important to get them healthy first. After that, it is important to get them mental help so that they can feel better about themselves and overcome these intense fears. Treatment for bulimia typically includes cognitive behavioral therapy. This type of therapy involves working with automatic thought processes and experiments.

Many people have problems with eating disorders. In fact, many people experience some type of eating disorder at some point in their lives. These disorders are very serious and are often complicated by associated feelings of depression and anxiety. If you or anyone else you know has any of the symptoms we discussed they should seek help immediately.

Because our treatment for depression and anxiety programs rely on evidence based practices, our Intensive Outpatient Program shares many common methods with other successful treatment methods for eating disorders.  The foundation of our treatment program for relies on the principles of the stages of change, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused treatment, skills training and identifying repetitive dysfunctional behavioral relationship patterns to promote recovery from depression and anxiety associated with eating disorders.  In fact, our Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of these disorders in six peer reviewed treatment outcome studies.  Our treatment center provides services to those who need more treatment than one hour a week, but less than 24 hour care, by providing three hours of treatment per day, three to five days per week, in an intensive outpatient setting. It is also important to keep in mind that women and men often experience depression and anxiety differently and therefore the presence of depression and anxiety may also appear differently based on gender. If you or a loved one is showing signs of an eating disorder accompanied by depression or anxiety, including PTSD, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan that can result in recovery.  Treatment for depression, anxiety and eating disorders can be highly successful.  People who have completed our program have provide very high consumer satisfaction scores and reviewsCall us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.