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Why counseling is beneficial for those with eating disorders

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Eating disorders, which can often be overlooked, are complex and devastating conditions that have very serious consequences for your health, overall well-being, and relationships. They are not a lifestyle, fad, or a phase. People who suffer from eating disorders can greatly benefit from professional help. Eating disorders can become chronic, debilitating, and even life-threatening. In the U.S., 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives.There are three main types of eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. Each disorder is unique in its characteristic and affects. The most effective and long term solution for those with any of the aforementioned eating disorders involves some form of mental health counseling combined with medical and nutritional counseling.  

Many people with eating disorders respond positively to therapy and counseling, particularly, individual, group, or family therapy. For minors who are suffering from an eating disorder, family counseling and therapy can be the best for all of the individuals involved. For treatment to be successful, it is imperative that the individual who is suffering has a solid support system. Going to therapy as a family can help shed light on issues the eating disorder may have caused. 

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Inpatient care (like hospitalization) becomes necessary when an eating disorder has led to physical problems that may be life-threatening, or when severe behavioral problems are present. Typically after an inpatient stay, patients are required to attend outpatient care as a follow-up to address underlying issues for the eating disorder and to promote a successful recovery.  

The exact treatment needs of each individual will vary, but it is important for those who are struggling to find professional help. Therapy can help tremendously when it is also paired with nutritional counseling. Although things may seem bleak, a happy and healthy life is attainable.

If you’re interested in seeking counseling in Kissimmee or at any of our other Counseling Center locations, you can find more information here.
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