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Starting Eating disorder therapy

What is eating disorder therapy?

Eating disorder therapy is a specialized approach aimed at assisting those who are grappling with a range of eating disorders. These disorders are significant mental health conditions characterized by irregular or unhealthy eating patterns and an intense focus on body weight and shape. Common conditions addressed in Eating disorder therapy include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID).

How does eating disorder therapy work?

At Thriveworks, Eating disorder therapy begins with a thorough assessment and personalized treatment plan. Central to eating disorder therapy is psychotherapy, often employing cognitive behavioral therapy and other specialized techniques to target negative thought patterns.

Signs of an eating disorder

The signs of an eating disorder can include:

  • Drastic weight changes
  • Preoccupation with food and body image
  • Binge eating or extreme dieting
  • Excessive exercise
  • Social withdrawal and secrecy around eating
  • Physical and emotional symptoms like fatigue and anxiety

What is the success rate of CBT for eating disorders?

CBT’s remission rate, according to some research, is generally between 50-30% for those seeking assistance for eating disorder symptoms.

What is the recovery rate for people with eating disorders?

The recovery rate for those seeking assistance with eating disorders depends entirely on the individual’s involvement in sessions, the severity of their symptoms, and their willingness to change their eating habits and relationship with food.

Is eating disorder therapy conducted in person or online?

Eating disorder therapy at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does eating disorder therapy last?

The length of Eating disorder therapy will vary from one person to the next, dependent on their specific needs. Your therapist can help to determine what might be most beneficial for you.

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The hit Netflix movie, To the Bone, follows the beautiful and young Ellen’s journey and struggle with anorexia. Ellen is a student and an artist, but this eating disorder is stealing her life away. The 20-year-old should be at school, partying, and planning her bright future, but instead, Ellen moves home and seeks treatment. Ellen’s story may be fictional, but the struggles of recovery are many people’s reality. Even the actress who portrays Ellen, Lily Collins, has opened up about her own real fight against an eating disorder.

Bulimia, anorexia, and other eating disorders have almost always been connected to Hollywood and celebrity culture. Lily Collins is not the only star who has opened up about her struggle, but disordered body image and unhealthy eating habits plague many, average people. Approximately 30 million people in the US struggle with an eating disorder each year. Unfair stereotypes portray anorexia and bulimia as picky phases that teenagers go through and then grow out of, but eating disorders are some of the most serious mental illnesses. The psychiatric disorder with the highest death rate is anorexia. And yet, only about 10 percent of those who struggle receive the treatment they need. Eating disorders are serious illnesses that require serious treatment.

“For me, the interesting thing about anorexia is that you show your wound.
There’s no hiding it. So my anger and sense of disappointment,
all the stuff I was out of touch with, became this visible rebuke to my parents.”
—Marti Noxon

Often, eating disorders are physical manifestations of deep psychological and emotional wounds, as Marti Noxon explains. There are treatments for these wounds that often involve both a physical and psychological element of healing. People are whole beings. Their bodies and their minds are interconnected, and eating disorders are a disease that affects both the mind and the body. Therefore, treatment must address both the mind and the body.

The counselors and therapists at Thriveworks Long Beach offer holistic and individualized treatment to our clients. We know the medical and psychological risks that an eating disorder introduces into an individual’s life, and we have worked with many people to find the relief they need.

Eating Disorders and Medical Risks

Occasionally, loved ones who mean well will tell someone who struggles with an eating disorder that they are looking slim and healthy. While this is almost always meant as a compliment, these loved ones can be unintentionally encouraging a deadly disease. Being skinny and being healthy are two different concepts that many people conflate. Losing weight is not always the right choice, and in fact, it can pose severe risks to people when the obsession with thinness becomes an eating disorder.

Bulimia, for example, is associated with an increased risk for gastric rupture, electrolyte imbalance, tooth decay, gastroesophageal reflux disease, ulcers, kidney damage, and heart failure.

Even more seriously, anorexia is associated with an increased risk for heart failure, anemia, kidney damage, infertility, low blood pressure, abnormal heart beat, low white blood cells, menstrual cycle disruptions, endocrine disruptions, low heart rate, premature osteoporosis, and death.

Eating disorders come with a host of medical risks, and responding seriously to these serious illnesses is important. Recognizing the signs of anorexia and bulimia and seeking treatment for them may save lives.

Eating Disorders: Signs and Symptoms

There are many different kinds of eating disorders. Bulimia and anorexia may be the most recognizable, and The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) outlines signs and symptoms for each.

The DSM-5 defines anorexia as:

  • Feeling disgust about one’s own body—its size, shape, and weight.
  • Being incapable of accurately perceiving one’s body size, shape, and weight—seeing oneself as larger or heavier than one is in reality.
  • An irrational and intense fear of gaining weight. This fear fuels actions that undermine the maintenance of a healthy weight.
  • Restricting food and drink intake so that a below normal body weight is achieved (as compared to healthy standards for one’s developmental trajectory, sex, physical health, and age).

The DSM-5 defines bulimia as:

  • Repeated times of eating binges as defined by…
    • Losing control over what food and drink one consumes.
    • During a particular time, eating and drinking more than other people could consume during the same time.
  • Trying to compensate for these binges through unhealthy means of weight loss that may include misusing diuretics or laxatives, exercising constantly, frequently fasting, and causing oneself to vomit.
  • When one’s body shape and weight monopolize one’s self-image and one’s intellect, skills, personality are minimized.

Seeking Help at Thriveworks Long Beach for an Eating Disorder

When you read through the signs and symptoms of anorexia and bulimia, did anything stand out to you? If you are struggling with your body image or with irregular eating habits, consider reaching out for help. The therapists and counselors at Thriveworks Long Beach understand what you are facing, and we have helped many people find relief and healing.

When you call Thriveworks Long Beach, know that you may have your first appointment within 24 hours. We work with many insurance companies and accept most forms of insurance. Your call will be answered by a person—not a voicemail or an automated response system. We also know that not everyone can make an appointment during normal business hours, so we offer evening and weekend appointments.

You do not have to fight an eating disorder alone. Call Thriveworks Long Beach today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
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Our Long Beach therapists and counselors accept 17 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross of California | BCBS

  • Blue Shield of California | BCBS

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Imperial Health Plan Medicare Advantage

  • JP Farley Corporation

  • Magellan

  • MHN

  • Multi Plan PHCS

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Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Long Beach is located just off Interstate 405, at the corner of E Spring St and N Temple Ave. We currently share the building with Synergy HomeCare and Coast Tickets, among other businesses. Across the street, on the opposite side of Temple Ave, you will find Total Equipment Rental.

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