Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC, Director of Content and Social Media at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope
For any individual who might be struggling with an eating disorder, such as anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder, the path towards healing can seem overwhelming and arduous.
Thankfully, there are professionals in the field specialized in this area who can provide treatment necessary for help, healing, and recovery. With many resources and options available, it may be difficult to determine the best course for treatment. While many different factors might influence a person’s ability to connect to treatment, such as insurance coverage, finances, accessibility and more, there are criterion to consider when deciding on a treatment approach.
Eating Disorder Treatment Options
Treatment options for eating disorders are widespread and vary based on the type of eating disorder and severity of the disease. There are also many individual factors that should be taken into consideration when deciding on a treatment approach. The reality is that eating disorders impact individuals irrespective of age, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and more. Tailoring treatment for an eating disorder in a manner that is both comprehensive and individualized is optimal for recovery purposes. For example, boys and men struggling with an eating disorder might be more successful with treatment approaches that are specialized to men.
Other options to consider for treatment may revolve around age. Pediatric patients will require care that is able to address specific factors experienced in this age group as well as treatment that can appropriately incorporate family members. On the contrast, elderly patients with eating disorders will also need sub-specialized care to focus on concurrent medical or psychosocial issues that might be specific to this age group. While it is easy to generalize treatment for eating disorders, treatment approaches should be highly individualized to meet the unique needs a person might experience.
Other Factors to Consider
Outside of age and gender, there are many other important aspects to consider when deciding on therapeutic treatments needed for eating disorder recovery. This might include the presence of co-occurring mental illnesses, such as a mood disorder, or substance abuse addiction. The experience or presence of trauma should also be considered, as this will need to be addressed as part of treatment for an eating disorder.
While the options of eating disorder treatment might be confusing or overwhelming, it is important to work with a professional to determine what form of care will best meet individualized needs in a comprehensive setting. Consider connecting with an eating disorder professional to begin your journey and road to recovery.
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About the Author: Crystal is a Masters-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with a specialty focus in eating disorders, maternal/child health and wellness, and intuitive eating. Combining clinical experience with a love of social media and writing, Crystal serves as the Special Projects Coordinator for Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope, where her passion to help others find recovery and healing is integrated into each part of her work.
As a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Crystal has dedicated her career to helping others establish a healthy relationship with food and body through her work with EDH/AH and nutrition private practice.
The opinions and views of our guest contributors are shared to provide a broad perspective of eating disorders. These are not necessarily the views of Eating Disorder Hope, but an effort to offer discussion of various issues by different concerned individuals.
We at Eating Disorder Hope understand that eating disorders result from a combination of environmental and genetic factors. If you or a loved one are suffering from an eating disorder, please know that there is hope for you, and seek immediate professional help.
Last Updated & Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on September 13, 2016
Published on EatingDisorderHope.com