Therapy and Treatment for Anorexia or Bulimia in Woodhaven, MI—Counselors

When most people think of eating disorders, they may think of Hollywood. Hilary Duff, Demi Lovato, Shawn Johnson, Zayn Malik, Russell Brand, Lily Collins, Zoe Kravitz, Elton John, Kesha, and Jane Fonda are only a handful of the celebrities who have spoken publicly about their fight with bulimia or anorexia. But it is not just stars who are plagued by disordered eating and disturbed feelings about their body and weight. An estimated 30 million people fight bulimia and/or anorexia.

Some people may inaccurately characterize eating disorders as a finicky phase or a problem for a few privileged celebrities, but these harmful stereotypes minimize a serious psychiatric disorder. Bulimia and anorexia both come with the potential for severe health problems, and anorexia, in particular, claims the highest death rate of all psychiatric disorders. But only about 10 percent of people receive the help they need for these serious illnesses.

And yet, effective treatments are attainable. Medical, nutritional, and psychological professionals often contribute their expertise to a holistic treatment plan that is adapted to each person’s individual symptoms and needs.

Is someone you know and love fighting anorexia or bulimia? Are you experiencing these disorders? If so, know that you do not have to fight alone. Thriveworks Woodhaven offers treatment for anorexia and bulimia. Our therapists have worked with many clients to ensure they receive the holistic, professional care they deserve.

Diagnostic Signs and Symptoms

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa may be the most well-known and widespread eating disorders. They are two of many acknowledged eating disorders, and they are separate, distinct illnesses with separate, distinct diagnoses.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) outlines the diagnostics for anorexia as:

  • Intense fear at the thought of being fat or gaining weight.
  • Eating less than one’s body needs (as based upon weight, age, physical health, developmental trajectory, and sex) that results in a substantially and dangerously low body weight.
  • An inaccurate self-image that perceives one’s body shape and weight as larger and heavier than reality.

The DSM-5 outlines the diagnostics for bulimia as:

  • Binge eating compulsively and repetitively, including…
    • Consuming food during a time period that is significantly more than most people would eat during a similar period of time.
    • Losing control of food consumption during binges.

    Attempting to prevent weight gain through unhealthy, repeated behaviors such as exercising an extreme amount; using laxatives, diuretics, or other medications; inducing vomiting; fasting too often or too long.

  • A self-perception that is consumed by weight and body size.

These distinct diagnoses do have some common characteristics: Men and women both experience anorexia and bulimia. Anxiety disorders and depression frequently surface with anorexia and bulimia. They most frequently occur during the teen years and early adulthood, but people of all ages experience eating disorders.

Connected Health Problems

Sometimes, friends and family with good intentions compliment people who struggle with bulimia or anorexia on how slim or skinny they appear. These admirations may have sincere and kind hopes, but they are ill-informed at best and at worse, they may encourage a life-threatening illness. The truth is that skinny and healthy are very different concepts. Bulimia and anorexia can result in serious health problems.

Kidney damage, gastric rupture, tooth decay, ulcers, electrolyte imbalance, gastroesophageal reflux disease, constipation, and heart failure are connected to bulimia.

Infertility, disrupted menstrual cycles, low blood pressure, low heart rate, increased risk of heart disease and failure, abnormal heart beat, anemia, premature osteoporosis, disrupted endocrine system, low white blood cells, kidney damage, and ultimately, death are connected with anorexia.

Foundational Causes

The specifics of where, when, and how bulimia or anorexia are caused in each person is varied and often intensely personal. But therapists general speak about two types of foundational causes for eating disorders: biological and environmental.

  1. Examples of biological causes often include irregular hormone functions, genetics, and nutritional deficiencies.
  2. Examples of environmental causes often include childhood trauma or abuse; peer pressure to look a certain way; and living in an environment obsessed with skinny body types and impossible concepts of beauty.

Bulimia or Anorexia Therapy

The therapy that Thriveworks Woodhaven offers allows for treatment plans to be individualized so they meet each client’s unique needs. Our therapists want everyone to have a positive, accurate body image and healthy eating habits.

It takes courage to reach out for help, so our office has tried to make the process as painless as possible. These are a few things it might be helpful to know when you call our office…

  • You may be able to see your counselor within 24 hours.
  • A person will answer your call and help you schedule therapy.
  • You will never be put on a waitlist.
  • Our office takes most insurance plans.

Do not struggle with anorexia and bulimia by yourself. Thriveworks Woodhaven can help form an effective treatment plan. Call today.

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