Individuals that suffer from eating disorders have a preoccupation with food. Sometimes this includes a preoccupation with body image or weight and sometimes it does not. Eating disorders are to be taken very seriously as they can have fatal consequences if left untreated, particularly anorexia-nervosa.
There are several different types of eating disorders.
- Binge-eating disorder
- Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
While most eating disorder symptoms typically fall into one of the above categories, some peoples’ experiences and symptoms don’t neatly fit. Some people would meet diagnostic criteria for one eating disorder at one point in their life, but later on meet criteria for a different eating disorder. This can be common because the underlying issue with food is still there and can manifest differently at different times.
Coexisting mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, OCD, and bipolar disorder are common. Our clinicians may suggest an approach that includes therapy (such as EMDR, DBT or CBT) as well as medications to address all of the symptoms and struggles a person is experiencing.
Whatever eating or body image struggles you are having, we want to help.
Note: Three Oaks Counseling & Psychiatry therapists and nurse practitioners utilize health at every size (HAES) approach.
Alyssa Lucas, MSN, PMHNP
Alyssa Lucas is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that provides medication management in West Lake Hills.