Adolescent/Teen Eating Disorder Therapy – Bucks County, Pa.
Eating disorders affect people across the globe, regardless of ethnic identity, immigration status, race, culture, ability, size, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age – and adolescents/teens and adults of Bucks County, PA are no exception. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, about 30 million Americans suffer from some sort of eating disorder. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate among mental illnesses, killing someone every 62 minutes on average.
Eating disorders may take a wide variety of forms, such as:
- Anorexia Nervosa – characterized by restrictive eating/ eating less than your particular energy needs, desire to lose weight or maintaining a weight that is too low for your body, and significant time and energy spent thinking about food and/or body size/shape. Anorexia Nervosa impacts people in all body sizes and across the weight spectrum
- Bulimia Nervosa – Eating significantly more than one is hungry for typically in a short period of time and feeling a loss of control while eating. This is followed by attempts to get rid of the food consumed such vomiting, laxative use, compulsive exercise, etc.
- Binge Eating Disorder – Eating significantly more than one is hungry for typically in a short period of time and feeling a loss of control while eating. Bingeing is often accompanied by feelings of shame and done privately. Bingeing is frequently preceded by and/or followed by a period of restrictive eating/dieting
- Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) – extremely picky eating that results in malnutrition
- Diabulimia – underuse of insulin by Type 1 diabetics to induce weight loss
- Orthorexia: focus on “healthy” or “clean” eating, difficult time being flexible around food, often fearful of eating in restaurants or outside typical routine
Caring for these dangerous disorders can involve a diverse team of experts, including a therapist, psychiatrist, social workers, nutritionists, and primary care physicians. Family therapy and support groups also play an important role, with family-based therapy being particularly vital for minors.
In severe cases, inpatient care may be necessary, meaning the patient may be recommended for hospitalization or placed in residential care. If that is the recommendation we will work closely with you during the beginning middle and end of this process.
Call our offices today to set up an appointment with a therapist if you or a loved one are struggling with an eating disorder.