What Are Eating Disorders?
Eating disorders are psychological disorders characterized by unhealthy eating habits such as under-eating, overeating, purging, and excessive preoccupation with weight, food, or body image. Eating disorders can have life-threatening consequences for females and males.
What Are The Types Of Eating Disorders?
The types of eating disorders include the following:
• Anorexia Nervosa
• Bulimia Nervosa
• Binge Eating Disorder
• Non-Categorized Disorders
What Are The Symptoms?
Some signs and symptoms may include, but are not limited to…
- Skipping meals or making excuses for not eating
- Excessive concern about healthy eating
- Withdrawing from normal social activities
- Persistent worry or complaining about being fat and talk of losing weight
- Frequent checking in the mirror for perceived flaws
- Use of dietary supplements, laxatives, or herbal products for weight loss
- Excessive exercise
- Problems with loss of tooth enamel that may be a sign of repeat vomiting
- Expressing depression, disgust, shame, or guilt about eating habits
- Eating in secret
Who Suffers From Eating Disorder
According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) statistics, half a million teens experience eating disorders. Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa affect a huge portion of the U.S. population. Eating disorders affects every age, race, gender, and socio-economic status. Males can be affected by this condition as well as women, and according to statistics, the number of males affected is increasing.
What Are The Treatment Options?
Adequate nutrition, reducing excessive exercise, and stopping purging behaviors are the foundations of treatment. Specific forms of psychotherapy and medication are effective for many eating disorders. Treatment plans are often tailored to individual needs.
Some patients may also need to be hospitalized to treat problems caused by malnutrition or to ensure they eat enough if they are very underweight.
Our Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) are designed to build skills and improve the lives of individuals who struggle with significant mood problems (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, etc.) to decrease problematic mood-related symptoms.
Our Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) are designed to build skills and improve the lives of individuals who struggle with eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and non-categorized disorders) to decrease problematic mood-related symptoms.
OCHPA offers individual services as well, such as personal psychiatry, psychological assessment, psychological testing. To learn more, click on the Individual Services tab. Our service area covers Irvine, Newport Beach, Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, and all over Orange County