Is someone you love suffering from an eating disorder?
Initially, a person dealing with an eating disorder experiences changes in attitude and behavior toward food. Have you noticed…
If you notice these habits in yourself or someone you love, it’s important to seek help. Early intervention is crucial!
A person with an eating disorder experiences emotional and social changes. Have you noticed…
Sometimes people seek help for these symptoms first.
Personality changes are evident as eating disorders develop and severity increases. As the effect on the brain continues, self-esteem suffers and social interaction decreases.
Cognitive changes occur as well, including a decrease in concentration, which leads to poor judgment and increasingly poor, self-defeating decisions. As the body continues to break down and energy decreases, apathy often develops. Severe depression may set in. It is important to seek help immediately.
Physically, a multitude of changes occur. Have you noticed…
Fine, soft hair on face and elsewhere (lanugo), which resembles the fur of baby chicks? This is a sign of severe self-starvation. Seek help immediately.
Once an eating disorder has reached this stage, outpatient counseling may not be effective. LifeWorks counselors can assess whether an individual should seek residential treatment. While this article deals mainly with anorexia, or self-starvation, other eating disorders such as bulimia, binge eating, and compulsive overeating, are prevalent in our society as well.
Are you or is someone you love experiencing…
All eating disorders are self-destructive and involve a painful cycle of emotional pain, self-damage, and shame. We refer to this as the shame cycle. Eating disorder counseling can help.
If you suspect someone you know has an eating disorder, please encourage them to get help today!