In today’s blog post, I’ll cover why it is important to seek help for an eating disorder as soon as possible. Before we do so, I think it is important to mention some of the truths surrounding eating disorders. I have found from my clinical experience that many individuals hold myths that have stopped people from reaching out for help.
Do any of those truths surprise you? For me, people were always surprised to hear that eating disorders affect all ages, racial/ethnic background, body size and genders! This is so important to keep in mind because that myth can hold someone back from seeking treatment. It is important to note, the sooner someone seeks help, the sooner they can return to their old self and experience success in treatment. The longer an illness goes on, the longer the eating disorder behaviors become entrenched in ones life. In treatment there are many goals, such as medical stability, nutritional rehabilitation such as weight restoration (if necessary), restoring meal patterns, decreasing symptoms such as binging or purging, eating without concern about food and engaging in a social life and improved body image. All of these goals focus on restoring the persons life.
Recovery for an eating disorder involved a lot of work, eating disorders don’t develop overnight, and the same goes for recovery. Recovery involves small steps towards self-acceptance, tackling challenging behaviors, thoughts and feelings. With the right supports and treatment, individuals can regain their health, find joy again and break free from the cycle of an eating disorder.
Dr. Nikita Yeryomenko graduated with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Windsor in 2017, where he then worked for a number of years. He gained most of his experience in various university counselling centers. These settings are fast-paced, high-volume, and see individuals with a very wide variety of concerns…
Ms. Dana Dupuis has been a registered Social Worker in good standing with The Ontario College of Social Workers & Social Services Workers for the last 11 years. Most of that time she worked as an intake specialist at Bulimia and Anorexia Nervosa Association, where she had carried significant caseloads and completed over….
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