For Eating Disorders
is a powerful substance. It can make you happy or sad and is always
around us practically 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For people
who have issues with food, it can be a difficult situation to
cure as food is a part of everyday life and is needed to maintain
strength and health. Treatments for eating disorders will be discussed
in this article and how individuals with eating disorders such
as bulimia or anorexia can receive the help they need.
The following are options of treatment for eating disorders:
· Nutrition counseling/Medical Nutrition Therapy-
Medical nutrition: Diet monitored by a dietician which has been
specifically created for the individual patient. The components
of the diet are based on the patient's past medical history, past
nutrition habits, present nutritional needs, and psychosocial
· Medical Therapy- The use of medicinal supplements
and pharmaceuticals to cause weight gain in patients who are underweight
and change obsessive behaviors. Examples of these medications
and supplements include Orlistat, Olanzipine, zinc, and cortisol.
· Psychoanalysis- The ability of a certified medical
professional to investigate the mind of a person who has an eating
disorder, find out why they think the way they think, and formulate
a plan of treatment based upon those findings. The doctor sits
down with the patient and asks a series of questions and interacts
with the patient to find important information in order to find
the source of the behavior.
· Inpatient Care- A confined place to treat a patient
that is monitored by health professionals in which a patient is
given close attention and fed on a schedule, weighs in, and gets
onsite treatment by a psychotherapist, a nutritionist, and medical
doctor to get treatment in a centralized location. Many individuals
find that this kind of environment enables the patient to focus
on getting better.
The best overall treatments for eating disorders will be experienced
in an inpatient care setting. In this setting the patient is continuously
surrounded by people who are supportive of their recovery and
encouraging positive eating habits. If you know of a person who
is experiencing an eating disorder, getting help for them in a
controlled environment will help them recover quickly. Food is
a necessity and it is advisable that individuals get help from
medical professionals who know how to nurse them back to health
and see food in a different light.