Eating Disorder Therapy
Eating disorders affect men and women throughout the nation and can do great damage to one’s personal health. If you know someone who is suffering from an eating disorder, it can be difficult to know where to start. At Advance Counseling Center, we recommend to anyone suffering from an eating disorder to see us. Not only do eating disorders severely affect your physical health, they affect your mental health as well and can harm your self-perception dramatically.
Eating disorders develop mostly due to a lack of self-esteem. A lack of confidence can easily lead to negligence in care for one’s self and can result in individuals making poor life decisions. Our modern society holds an extremely high standard of what beauty is and men and women of all ages are expected to live up to it to a certain degree. This has led to hundreds of thousands of eating disorders throughout the nation. These disorders develop when people try to rebuild their confidence and end up failing or develop a disorder in their attempts to gain confidence.
Not being compatible with one’s own body is another issue that can often lead to an eating disorder. To achieve an ideal state of health, a person must find solace in the inter-connectivity between their mind, body, and soul. At times, people will blatantly ignore the body’s attempts to communicate with the mind (hunger, thirst, full, etc). Ignoring these signals can be detrimental to people’s physical and mental health. This may be an issue where the individual is just being ignorant of what their body is telling them or is attempting to self-destruct in some way. Either case, this lack of connection can take a harsh toll on one’s personal health and can potentially take years to recover from.
In some cases, eating disorders can develop regardless of personal infliction. Genetics can be a factor and cause people to be predispositioned to suffering from an eating disorder. Eating disorders tend to jump from generation to generation and scientists have identified certain chromosomes that can be linked eating disorders. These disorders can also stem from an improper balance of chemicals in one’s brain. These imbalances can affect stress hormones, appetites, and sleep.
There are three main eating disorders are Anorexia, Binge Eating Disorder, and Bulimia. Anorexia is an emotional disorder often due to an intense desire to lose weight and can cause people to lose their appetite and lose a dangerous amount of weight. Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a serious disorder characterized by episodes of uncontrollable eating and can be an effect of anxiety, depression, and more. Bulimia is an emotional disorder where one will overeat excessively followed by self-induced vomiting. Bulimia also develops from a distortion of body image and desire to lose weight.
Eating disorders are very serious and are best addressed and tended to by a professional. Because they can affect both mental/emotional health as well as physical health, you should contact your primary physician and seek counseling. If you suffer from an eating disorder, contact Advance Counseling Center eating disorder therapy and we can provide you with a safe environment and work together to nurse your self-confidence and emotional balance back to health. Check out our other offered Boise therapy services if you are seeking a different form of counseling.