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      Take Care of YOU   02/10/2016

          Please DO NOT add your weight or add any Weight NUMBERS in your posts! Taking Care of YOU   Below are things to know about going into recovery, taking care of yourself, and the importance of finding coping alternatives and identifying \"triggers\". In our recovery from Eating Disorders one of the things we will need to learn to do is to find better ways to cope. We have learned through the process of our Eating Disorders that these behaviors were good \"emotion blockers.\" We\'ve discovered, even if subconsciously, that it is easier to think about food, not eating, eating too much, what we won\'t or will eat, how many calories we just had or will avoid, etc., than it is to deal with our feelings and emotions. Writing... Keeping a journal is a great way to cope with daily stresses of life. To sit and write your feelings and emotions, your fears and dreams, about the things that are hurting you or making you angry, is to begin to understand and accept these feelings as your own. By starting a Depresion Forums Blog we can gain a better understanding of what we are truly feeling, and from there begin to express these emotions to others and to heal from them. One key will be finding a good therapist. Support groups such as DF can work well for some as well, but don\'t rule out the fact that we all need some sort of professional assitance in dealing with these problems. There is nothing shameful about knowing you need help and seeking it. Learning to find better ways to cope is not easy. We may have many years behind us of living with this negative coping mechanism. Don\'t expect miracles overnight, but practice self affirmation. Telling yourself everyday, outloud, \"I will learn better ways to cope... I can recover\" will set you in a positive mindset and with practice you will begin to believe it. Thanks to Something-Fishy.org for information about ED and Recovery.
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Treatment of Eating Disorders

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Treatment of Eating Disorders



Eating disorders are serious health conditions that can be both physically and emotionally destructive. People with eating disorders need to seek professional help. Early diagnosis and intervention may enhance recovery. Eating disorders can become chronic, debilitating, and even life-threatening conditions.

Treatment is Available. Recovery is Possible.


The most effective and long-lasting treatment for an eating disorder is some

form of psychotherapy or counseling, coupled with careful attention to medical and nutritional needs. Ideally, this treatment should be tailored to the individual and will vary according to both the severity of the disorder and the patient's individual problems, needs, and strengths.  

What does treatment involve?

Psychological counseling must address both the eating disordered symptoms and the underlying psychological, interpersonal, and cultural forces that contribute to, or maintain, the eating disorder.

Typically care is provided by a licensed health professional, including but not limited to a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, nutritionist, and/or primary care physician.

Care should be coordinated and provided by a health professional with expertise and experience in dealing with eating disorders.

Nutritional counseling is also necessary and should incorporate education about nutritional needs and planning for and monitoring rational choices of the individual patient.

Many people with eating disorders respond to outpatient therapy, including individual, group, or family therapy and medical management by their primary care provider. Support groups, nutritional counseling, and psychiatric medications under careful medical supervision have also proven helpful for some individuals.

Inpatient Care (including inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatiend and/or residential care in an eating disorders specialty unit or facility) is necessary when an eating disorder has led to physical problems that may be life-threatening, or when an eating disorder has reached a level of severe psychological or behavioral problems. Inpatient stays typically require a period of outpatient follow-up and aftercare to address the underlying issues in the indivdiual`s eating disorder.

The exact treatment needs of each individual will vary.

It is important for individuals struggling with an eating disorder to find a health professional they trust to help coordinate and oversee their care.

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