Seeking help for an eating disorder can be embarrassing and scary. However, do not make that as an obstacle to seek help because getting treatment is important. If you are suffering from anorexia, bulimia or binge eating, treatment will be much easier if you have an experienced and caring health professional to guide you.
Step1 – Find a specialist
To successfully get treatment, you need to find a doctor or therapist who specializes in it. If your problem is anorexia, bulimia or binge eating, identifying a specialist in each problem will increase your recovery success. Work with a person you are comfortable with.
Step 2 – Admit you have problems
Any eating disorder is dangerous and in severe cases can be deadly. Most of the time it does not necessarily just mean you are underweight. Even with occasional fasting, binge eating or purging, it is a sign that your health may be in danger. You have to admit that you are having problem.
Step 3 – Your long-term treatment plan
Once the initial health evaluation is done and health problems identified, the next step is to work closely with your health provider on an individualized long-term recovery plan.
It may cover areas such as:
- Family therapy
- Inpatient treatment
- Health and nutrition counseling
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Medical monitoring
Treatment for Eating Disorder – Will joining a support group help?
Various types of support group available are:
- Trained volunteers moderated
- Led by professional or doctor
- Led by trained therapist
- Eating disorder sufferers who had fully recovered