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My Journey of Healing from Trauma in AZ

Sometimes the past just won’t let you go.

I had finally broken free from an abusive marriage – I got a divorce, moved back to Arizona, and to all outward appearances, was moving on with my life.

I wish it was that simple.

I Was Stuck Because the Pain From My Trauma Would NOT Go Away

Even after almost a year of regaining my “freedom”, I still felt bogged down and burdened by so many uncontrollable negative feelings –

  • Shame –How had I ever let myself be treated like that?
  • Guilt –Had it all been MY fault?
  • Regret – I had wasted almost 4 years of my life.
  • Self-esteem – Had I DESERVED it?
  • Depression –Who could ever love me now? I was “damaged goods”.
  • Anxiety – I was afraid all the time.

Except for work, I almost never went anywhere or did anything. I was such a mess that my family started to worry about me. Finally, my sister said I should call a place that had helped a friend of hers.

Trauma Therapy in Phoenix Was NOT What I Expected

To be honest, I had ZERO idea of what trauma counseling would entail. Sure, I guessed that I was supposed to talk to someone about what was bothering me, but I wasn’t sure how they were supposed to help me.

I actually felt kind of silly and guilty seeking professional help just because I was unhappy after my divorce. Wasn’t that how I was SUPPOSED to feel?

When I met my therapist, she surprised me by NOT immediately prying into my past. Instead, she only seemed interested in how I was feeling right now and how I was dealing with those feelings – was I eating, was I sleeping, was I self-meditating with alcohol or drugs, etc.

She said that above all else, she wanted to make sure that I was safe.

That took me by happy surprise. It actually made me feel like my well-being was a priority to someone. I hadn’t felt that in a very long time.

I Found an Arizona Trauma Treatment Program That Worked for ME

Of course, we eventually got to my personal history and how it was still affecting my life. Over the next couple of sessions, my therapist assisted me in setting up step-by-step goals that would help me let go of the burden that I was carrying around.

Best of all, she knew several therapy techniques that each helped me in their own way, and which allowed me to progress at my own pace, with no added pressure.

  • I could tell MY story –I learned how to process each painful experience as something that had HAPPENED, instead of as something that was HAPPENING. My trauma was in the past and didn’t have to control my present or determine my future.
  • I could have REAL emotions–When I was married, I learned to keep everything bottled up, or else risk becoming an even greater target. I was taught that whenever I felt old feelings overwhelming me, it was all right to cathartically release that negative energy by crying or even yelling.
  • I could be MINDFUL of my own feelings– I learned that by having better awareness of my own physical and mental states, I could identify problematic feelings and take positive action before they got out of control.
  • I could allow myself to be HAPPY– I came to understand that I was not to blame for my traumatic experiences, and more importantly, that I was worthy and deserving of a happy life.

I’m glad I decided to seek trauma counseling in Arizona. I feel blessed that my therapist at Empowerment Treatment & Counseling approached my recovery from trauma with such patience and understanding. It has taken time and has required a lot of hard work, but I feel more like a complete person than I have in years.

And for that, I’m grateful.

2017-01-17T01:45:13+00:00 May 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Finding the Right Eating Disorder Therapist in Arizona

“One of the most difficult challenges in approaching eating disorders is understanding what is actually happening in the minds of these sufferers. Our understanding must begin with an appreciation of the complexities of our normal relationship with food. From this starting point, we can begin to unravel the interwoven psychological and physical abnormalities that define these eating disorders.”

~ Drs. Jim Kirkpatrick, M.D., and Paul Caldwell, M.D., CCFP(C), Eating Disorders: Everything You Need to Know

If you live in Arizona, it is entirely possible that someone you know and care about is struggling with an eating disorder. Even when they agree to get help, there are so many so-called “experts” in the state that finding the right eating disorders therapist can be difficult.

How Serious Is the Arizona Eating Disorder Problem?

According to a study conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of Arizona ranks #2 for teenagers who have attempted to control their weight by “purging”, with an incidence rate that is twice the US average.

Those statistics mirror the pervasive scale of the complete problem in Arizona –

  • One out of every five teenage girls in Arizona ages 13 to 18 and one out of every 10 teenage boys intentionally starve themselves daily to maintain or lose weight.
  • One out of every five female adolescents in Arizona will refuse to eat on any given day because they feel “too fat”.
  • Nearly a third of teen boys in Arizona are dieting at any given time, and 10% of those intentionally starve themselves daily.
  • One out of every 10 under age Arizonans either use laxatives or make themselves vomit so they won’t gain any weight.

 By any measure, it is easy to see that there is a need for the therapy and counseling that come along with recovery from such disordered eating. But because the spectrum of eating disorders is so wide and can manifest in so many different ways– binging, purging, laxatives, starving, bulimia, anorexia – finding exactly the right sort of help can seem daunting.

The Right Eating Disorder Therapist in AZ Will Have the Proper Level of Education

Because of the seriousness of this disorder, you first want to look for help from a professional with the proper level of education– ideally, someone with a Master’s Degree or above, preferably in psychology, mental health counseling, or a related discipline.

The Right Arizona Eating Disorder Therapist Will Have Specialized Training

Not every “counselor” is necessarily adept at treating individuals suffering from disordered eating. It takes extensive education and specialized training to understand the nuances of treating the various illnesses on the eating disorder spectrum.

The best eating disorder therapist should have completed post-graduate work that included addiction issues with a focus on aspects particular to the treatment of eating disorders.

The Right Eating Disorder Therapist Will Have the Proper Certifications and Licenses in Arizona

To make sure that your therapist has met established professional standards, you will want to look at their certifications and licensing.

Desirable certifications and licenses include:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • National Certified Counselor
  • Certified Addiction Specialist
  • Certified Eating Disorder Specialist in Mental Health (CEDS)
  • Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Nutrition (CEDSN)

The Right Eating Disorders Therapist Can Tailor Treatment to the Individual

There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to mental health that will work for 100% of patients 100% of the time. Every person has their own unique needs, and the best therapists are adept at utilizing multiple treatment strategies.

The Right AZ Eating Disorder Therapist Will Offer Trauma Therapy

Although eating disorders are not definitively caused by bad life experiences, traumatic incidents and one’s life can contribute to dysfunctional behaviors and interfere with healing. The best therapists will help you deal with past traumas so you can recover faster.

The Right Eating Disorder Therapist Will Have Extensive Experience with Disordered Eating

This illness is about more than just symptoms – is about people and personalities. Your therapist needs to have a proven track record of helping people just like you.

The Right Eating Disorder Therapist Will Work with Other Services

At its worst, disordered eating can be life-threatening. The best therapists will work closely with other medical professionals to ensure that your total health and well-being is protected.

If you live in Arizona and you or someone you care about is suffering from an eating disorder, contact Empowerment Treatment & Counseling today. Located conveniently in Glendale, they have the RIGHT professionals to help you, whether you live in the Phoenix area or anywhere else in the state.

2017-01-17T01:45:13+00:00 April 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Finding the Right Trauma Treatment in Arizona

We need to slowly make our way to the heart of our wounds, develop an embodied and experiential consciousness of how they play out in our lives, and find new and healthier ways to relate to them. We cannot do this alone.”

Dr. Daniela F. Sieff, PhD, Understanding and Healing Emotional Trauma: Conversations with Pioneering Clinicians and Researchers

Emotional trauma—and the scars it can leave—is one of the most common causal factors that can contribute to the development of disorders such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance abuse, and distorted body image.

According to data accumulated from 2013’s National Survey on Children’s Health, nearly half of all children in the US—almost 35 million children—have experienced at least one type of serious trauma that could negatively affect  their future mental or physical health as adults, and approximately one-third have experienced two or more.

Arizona Scores Poorly for Childhood Trauma Exposure

Arizona ranked in the worst group—states with a proportion of children with two or more traumatic experiences that was significantly higher than the US average.

What does this mean?

It means that there is a real need for trauma counseling and therapy in every part of Arizona—from large cities like Phoenix or Tucson, to suburbs like Glendale and Chandler, to rural areas across the state.

Advances in Trauma Therapy

Luckily, behavioral science has advanced considerably in the past few years, giving rise to several types of trauma therapy that can be tailored to the individual.

Dr. Terence M. Keane, PhD, a Boston University psychologist serving as Director of the Behavioral Science Division of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, said, “The advances made have been nothing short of outstanding…Having this many Evidence-Based Treatments allows therapists to use what they’re comfortable with from their own background and training, and at the same time to select treatments for use with patients with different characteristics.”

Here are some trauma treatments that have proven to be effective, according to the American Psychological Association:

  • Prolonged-Exposure Therapy—In a carefully-controlled and gradual manner, the therapist helps the patient in recalling memories of traumatic experiences, enabling the patient to regain control of their emotions about the past trauma.
  • Cognitive-Processing Therapy—The therapist helps the patient correct any mistaken beliefs they may hold as a result of the past trauma—that the event was “their fault”, they “let it happen”, they are no longer safe, etc.
  • Stress-Inoculation—Through counseling, the therapist teaches the patient several anxiety-reducing techniques, such as breathing exercises, muscle relaxation, and positive self-affirmation.
  • Cognitive Restructuring—The therapist helps the patient how to work past distorted or dysfunctional thinking such as blaming, labeling, overgeneralization, minimizing/maximizing, or “all-or-nothing” thoughts.
  • EMDR, or Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing—The patient is guided by the therapist through this adaptive coping mechanism, and over the course of several sessions, the goal is to weaken the effect of negative emotions.

During a typical therapy session, the patient will be asked to recall a past trauma, while simultaneously engaging in lateral eye movements corresponding to the therapist’s finger movements, rhythmic tapping, or musical tones.

Over time, the thoughts are shifted from negative past traumas to more positive experiences, which are then associated with the movements. The patient can then learn to cope by initiating the physical movement whenever needed.

  • Medication Therapy—There are several medications that are useful in trauma treatment, specifically for treating anxiety, depression, insomnia, and nightmares. Typically-prescribed drugs include Zoloft, Paxil, and Prazosin.

The takeaway is this—if you live in Arizona and need counseling or some other therapy for trauma, there IS help and hope available to you. Recovery from past trauma is uniquely personal, and so must be your treatment strategy. If you need help, the trained professionals at Empowerment Treatment & Counseling will work with you to help restore your peace of mind.

SOURCES:

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/emdr-what-is-it

http://www.apa.org/monitor/jan08/ptsd.aspx

https://acestoohigh.com/2013/05/13/nearly-35-million-u-s-children-have-experienced-one-or-more-types-of-childhood-trauma/

 

2017-01-17T01:45:13+00:00 April 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

The Starvation Study

The Starvation Study: http://www.refinery29.com/minnesota-starvation-experiment

Please Read Full Article Above as our article will discuss it.

The Starvation Study of 1944

“THEY WOULD CODDLE [THE FOOD] LIKE A BABY OR HANDLE IT AND LOOK OVER IT AS THEY WOULD SOME GOLD. THEY PLAYED WITH IT LIKE KIDS MAKING MUD PIES.”

Though this study was completed in 1944, its findings are still as poignant now as they were then. In modern society many men and women find themselves constantly concerned with “dieting” or restricting food, which is why this study is as salient as ever. The practice of restricting food hinders our lives and bodies in several significant ways. The Starvation Study article points out that the test subjects were observed to have obsessive behaviors, loss of sexual appetite, and dull moods as side-effects of the 1600 calorie a day diet they were put on. While this small amount of calories may have been associated with starvation in the past, it is worth noting that some modern diets prescribe even fewer calories for daily consumption. Even scarier were the behaviors observed once the rationed diet phase was over. Some participants began binge eating dangerously and many reported never feeling “normal” about food again.

Are We a Part of the Ongoing Starvation Study?

This is a current issue because men and women are still starving themselves to achieve what they think is the “right” body type or shape. And the trade off? Quality of life suffers.

Think of the happiness and freedom that a truly healthy lifestyle can bring about. Not from dieting or weight loss, but rather intuitively eating nutritious foods that feed your mind and body and even eating some foods just for fun. Don’t you love the amazing mood boost that comes from moving your body in an enjoyable way instead of just exercising to burn calories? It begs the question, is The Starvation Study, still going on today willingly for many people? We think so. We think it’s time that we all speak out against a diet industry that doesn’t work and in fact, brings about poorer mental health.

One Final Thought

“Perhaps the most chilling correlation: the postponement of living. How often do we put off something until we’ve lost the weight? That familiar inertia is obvious. But what this study indicates is that it might not simply be our desire to wait for a thinner body to start dating, take that trip, or pursue a career goal. It may also be the hunger itself keeping us at home, alone and waiting.”

Sources:

http://www.refinery29.com/minnesota-starvation-experiment

2016-04-15T21:41:05+00:00 March 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

How to Use the Body Positive Idea To Facilitate Your Recovery

There’s a new movement occurring across the nation, including in Phoenix Arizona, that may affect you. It’s one that has been suppressed for many years. Luckily, some brave souls have stepped out of the mold to bring a new aspect of healing to light.

It’s called body positivity, and basically, you’re given permission to love your body no matter what size you are.

Being Shamed, Shunned and Neglected in Phoenix Doesn’t Have to Happen Anymore

For many years, those that were overweight or obese have been shamed to the point where they can hardly stand to look in the mirror. What they see in their reflection is someone that is unhealthy, someone that looks ugly, and someone who is not worthy of receiving good things in life.

Health practitioners have been supporting this bad idea for decades, blaming overweightness and obesity for a number of health disorders that affect the nation. The list of disorders includes diabetes, high blood pressure, polycystic ovaries, high cholesterol, joint problems, back problems and even stomach disorders. Their reasoning is that studies prove that being obese is connected to being unhealthy.

Many health practitioners in Phoenix Arizona and elsewhere even go to extremes, attempting to address a patient’s overweight condition when the patient did not come in for weight loss.

Consequently, the patient ends up being hit with overwhelming feelings of frustration and depression, which plug into his or her neurological pathways contributing to eating disorders, yoyo dieting, self-loathing. What this means is that the cycle of negative thoughts and feelings is ‘fed’ by the establishment.

The Media is Part of the ‘Collusion’, Thus Contributing to Eating Disorders

Of course, the media is constantly programming us all to be thin and beautiful and to fall for the myth that only those who meet these requirements are entitled to everlasting happiness.

What about you? Have you noticed negative ramifications from this type of ‘attack’?

What would happen if you suddenly changed your whole paradigm and simply started loving yourself, no matter what the number is on your scale? This is the whole idea behind the Body Positive Movement that fosters total body acceptance.

And it’s catching on. Women in Phoenix Arizona and other major cities in the U.S. are realizing that they really can feel OKAY with their body – and this does them some good.

Body Positivity Now Has Research Behind It

One researcher, Harriet Brown, has even documented how science, history and culture drive the obsession with weight in her book.  The central theory behind it is called Health at Every Size or HAES. This idea is basically that you should forget about reaching a certain body size and go for what works for your body.

And it makes a lot of sense. In fact, it brings up the fact that modern medicine really likes to treat everyone the same way – and ignores individuality. Insurance companies are geared towards physicians only treating patients one way, and doctors are chastised for thinking outside the box and/or going beyond medicine’s stymied view to really try to foster health transformation.

As a result, the alternative medicine movement has risen in power and social standing among patients of all ages.

There’s even a nonprofit association dedicated to the Body Positive movement, which may be found at www.thebodypositive.org The charity’s co-founder, Elizabeth Scott, is even offering an upcoming two-day training for health professionals on May 13-14, 2016 to initiate body positive campaigns across the nation via the community and in schools.

According to Ms. Scott, boosting body image is based on five core competencies:

  1. Reclaim health.
  2. Practice intuitive self-care.
  3. Cultivate self-love.
  4. Declare your own authentic beauty.
  5. Build community.

Results from an additional research study done at Stanford University on the whole model is expected to be released later this year.

So think about this body positive concept today. Why not give up society’s standards and move into a new time where what’s important is YOU?

2017-01-17T01:45:13+00:00 March 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Why You Should Say NO to Dieting Forever

Look in any Phoenix newspaper or drive around and look at the signs in the windows of so-called “health food stores” you will see countless advertisements signs talking about “diets that work” or the next miracle that will help you lose weight.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be healthy, but if you suffer from some type of eating disorder, diets are not really the answer for you. The primary goal of most advertised diets is to get thinner, which is completely different from getting healthy. In fact, dieting for many of our clients, becomes a big hurdle to overcome when they tackle and heal from their eating disorders.

In her book, How to Love Your Body: and Have the Body You Love, actress and model Yana Gupta explained her personal battle with an eating disorder, saying, “So you can have a diet book that teaches you how to lose weight, but it will never be enough if you can’t look in the mirror and like yourself. That’s what my eating disorder taught me. How we eat, what we eat, and the way we look, it all happens in our head.”   *

In other words, if you have a deeply-ingrained negative self-image, no amount of dieting (or perceived control) is going to fix that.

How Do You Let Go of Dieting if You have an Eating Disorder?

If you know that diets don’t serve you, then perhaps it’s time to give them up forever. This may not be easy and for those with eating disorders. In fact, it may require some professional help and guidance. Once you realize that your size and shape are not the real issue, you can start looking for ways to get healthy that are not driven by the arbitrary dictates of a restrictive, ultimately futile diet. After all, don’t we all want to feel good and be happy? Here are some tips to get started on giving up dieting forever.

  • Concentrate on your HEALTH– Talk to a nutritionist or eating disorder professional and find out what “healthy” should be for you as an individual. We don’t believe that size or weight charts are truly indicative of health (in fact, you’ll find several studies that agree with us).  You may need to find a physician that will be able to recognize health at various sizes. Please be wary of folks that reference BMI and other commonly accepted forms of health measurement, as these tools are not always accurate.
  • Don’t Do it Alone–Get the help you need from professionals who specialize in treating someone with an eating disorder. Counseling, therapy, nutritional guidance, and ongoing support can help you set and meet your goals. It’s not easy to break dieting habits that you’ve used for most of your life. But in the end, these habits do not serve you.
  • Focus on Movement and Mobility–No matter what size you are, moving your body in an enjoyable way is an excellent way to get fit, have fun, and feel good about yourself. Movement is all that is required – no gym membership is necessary. Walking, swimming, dancing, and riding a bike are not usually thought of as “exercise”, but they will keep you energized and help you combat the depression and anxiety that often co-occur with an eating disorder. If you are moving for the “right” reasons, this can really contribute to your overall health and well-being. If you’re “exercising” for dieting reasons or if exercise is used as part of your disordered eating, this probably will not serve you well.

Quitting the dieting roller coaster may be more difficult than you know. Support is available. If you or someone you care about has an unhealthy relationship with food, get the help you need with Empowerment Therapy & Counseling, an outpatient recovery program specializing in the treatment of eating disorders in the Phoenix area.

Through intensive-yet-supportive, therapy, counseling, and nutritional support, the professionals at Empowerment Therapy & Counseling can help you regain your own sense of self-worth. Regardless of where you fall on the eating disorder spectrum, recovery is possible.

*Empowerment Treatment & Counseling does not endorse this book or it’s content.

2017-01-17T01:45:13+00:00 February 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Four Tips to Love Yourself and Your Body

 There are thousands of people who suffer from some sort of eating disorder in the Phoenix area and elsewhere across the state of Arizona. In 2014, State Senator Katie Hobbs introduced a resolution to recognize National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, in order to call attention to the seriousness of this spectrum of illnesses.

Sen. Hobbs said, “Whether or not they are aware, most Arizonans know someone who has been affected by an eating disorder. The effects can be devastating to your health, and even deadly, but treatment does work.”

HELP Yourself LOVE Yourself During Recovery from an Eating Disorder

These types of serious health issues have very little to do with a person’s actual body size or shape, and nearly everything to do with a person’s self-image. Since National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2016 is concluding, here are some ways to have a positive body image and love yourself and the skin you are in.

  1. Focus on everything your body CAN do –Your body is a wonderful machine – letting you walk, run, dance, play, work, love, laugh, and a million other incredible things.
  2. Remember that you are MORE than your body– You are a whole person, and your real attractiveness comes from your intelligence, confidence, sense of humor, compassion, honesty, and all of the other little things that make you unique.
  3. You are worthy of compliments and praise– Write down a list of at least 10 things that you like about yourself, and refer to them often – even daily, if necessary. Get into the habit of looking in the mirror and giving yourself a compliment.
  4. Say NO to the haters–Don’t let yourself be defined by society’s or someone else’s opinion. When you can disregard the judgments of others, it is easier to develop a happy and healthy sense of self.

If you live in the Phoenix area and think you need help for any type of eating disorder, the trained and empathetic professionals at Empowerment Treatment & Counseling are here for you.

Specializing in the treatment of eating disorders in the state of Arizona, Empowerment Treatment & Counseling offers the counseling, therapy, guidance, and support you need to learn how to love yourself at any size or shape.

 

2017-01-17T01:45:13+00:00 February 26th, 2016|0 Comments

 The Process of Healing from an Eating Disorder

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is concluding, and there have been several observances happening here in Phoenix in recognition.  Hopefully, this is one of the reasons why you’re looking into getting help for you or someone you care about.

But if you’re like most people, you are not exactly sure what “getting help” involves. Recovery and healing from an eating disorder involves several steps –

  • The Intake: Determining the type and severity of your eating disorder – This is where you speak with a specialist and your current circumstances are evaluated. Knowing your starting point is essential for a successful journey of recovery. Based upon this information your individualized treatment plan will be created.
  • Treatment and help for any immediate health concerns attributable to your eating disorder – Eating disorders can be hazardous to your health – even fatal. Medical personnel will evaluate your current health status and make sure that you are physically safe and healthy before counseling or therapy begins.
  • Education about different types of help for specific eating disorders– group therapy versus individual counseling–Knowledge is the greatest weapon you have your battle against this illness, so you will be educated about why you might be feeling and acting the way you are.

Group therapy will allow you to draw strength and inspiration from others facing your same issues, and then individual counseling will focus upon your specific situation.

  • Addressing any co-occurring disorders– Eating disorders are often caused by – and can cause – other medical conditions such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, or bipolar disorder. For a successful recovery, any conditions that are present must also be treated at the same time.
  • Ongoing aftercare – After you “graduate” from your recovery program, whether residential or outpatient, it will still be necessary to receive periodic “adjustments” to your state of well-being. This can be done with regularly-scheduled professional counseling, ideally with the same program that helped you during early recovery.

More About the Process of Eating Disorder Treatment in Arizona

Everyone’s personal journey of recovery from an eating disorder will be, by nature, unique unto them.  What is most important is that you find a program and a team of specialists that you feel comfortable with, so you can start regaining your physical and emotional health TODAY.

The perfect time to recover from an eating disorder is always RIGHT NOW. If you or someone you love are battling with a negative body image that is creating and unhealthy relationship with food, contact the experienced, caring professionals at Empowerment Treatment & Counseling.

Empowerment Treatment & Counseling has the resources to give you the support you need today and the life skills you need tomorrow. If you live in the Phoenix area, contact us today, so we can help you regain control and restore health to your life.

 

 

2017-01-17T01:45:13+00:00 February 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Boundaries & Codependency Workshop: April 9, 2016

Do you have trouble saying no? Do you put others before yourself? Do you struggle standing up for yourself? If so, come join us for a half-day workshop and educational session on how to address codependency and learn healthy boundaries.

Drawing The Line In The Sand

How to set boundaries and manage codependency

April 9th, 2016  9am-12:30pm

$105 per person. Bring a friend and pay just $95 each.

Snacks Provided

Anyone Is Welcome To Attend

Empowerment Treatment & Counseling

Caryn Attianese, MA, NCC, LPC, CEDS and Cindy Elms, RDN

5940 W Union Hills Dr. D-200

Glendale, AZ 85308

Call 480-326-9421 or email caryn@empowermenttc.com by April 1st to reserve your spot: Space is limited

2017-01-17T01:45:13+00:00 February 25th, 2016|0 Comments

The Severity of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are about much more than how much a person weighs or the self-image they have. Eating disorders can be the result of serious emotional or physical trauma that takes a team of qualified professionals to help patients work through to be healthy again. Eating disorders are the most deadly of all psychiatric disorders. Eating disorder counseling is available for both those suffering from these conditions and their family and loved ones.

The Severity of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders can affect people of all ages. To understand the severity of eating disorders, it is helpful to first know what kind of eating disorders exist.

Eating disorders can affect people of all ages, living in Arizona and every state throughout the country. To understand the severity of eating disorders, it is helpful to first know what kind of eating disorders exist.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia is perhaps the best known eating disorder, but few people understand how devastating it can be. Anorexia is characterized by having a very low body weight and a distorted image of body weight. People with this eating disorder typically restrict their calorie intake so that they eat very little and lose a dramatic amount of weight. People with this eating disorder may also exercise excessively and abuse diet pills, enemas or laxatives.

The physical effects of anorexia nervosa can include a slow heart rate, low blood pressure, fainting, fatigue, hair loss, and osteoporosis. Those who suffer from this eating disorder are also at an increased risk for heart failure. Left untreated by a qualified eating disorder counselor and other health professionals, anorexia nervosa can easily cost a person their life.

Bulimia Nervosa

Like anorexia, those suffering from bulimia nervosa have a distorted body image. Those suffering from this eating disorder may secretly eat very large quantities of food in one sitting and then try to purge themselves of those calories by forcing vomiting. Others may force vomiting after each meal or even small snacks. Those suffering from bulimia may also misuse laxatives, diuretics, enemas and diet pills.

The health effects of bulimia can include an electrolyte imbalance that can lead to other health problems, irregular heartbeat, heart failure, tooth decay, peptic ulcer and pancreatitis.

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating is the third distinct eating disorder, and like bulimia nervosa, it involves bingeing, but does not typically involve purging afterward. Those with binge eating disorder feel an uncontrollable urge to eat large quantities of food in a very short period of time. These binging episodes may be followed by periods of intense guilt and shame.

Some of the health consequences of binge eating disorder can include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, elevated triglyceride levels, Type II diabetes mellitus, and gallbladder disease.

Eating disorder counseling services by Empowerment

Besides the severe damage that eating disorders can do to a person’s physical health, they also have a long-lasting impact on mental health. Those with eating disorders get caught up in a cycle of shame and distorted body image that can be hard to break. Many become isolated as a result, which can further feed their self-hatred. Obsessive tendencies also become part of an eating disorder, including rituals around eating food or exercising. Soon, the eating disorder may become the primary focus, taking over every aspect of the person’s life.

Relationships with friends, family and loved ones suffer as the person suffering from the eating disorder becomes unable to participate in healthy expressions of love or friendship.

It is essential that those suffering from an eating disorder get the help they need as soon as possible, before the disorder has a chance to inflict further physical and emotional harm. Empowerment Treatment and Counseling provides services for people suffering from all types of eating disorders, as well as their family and loved ones. We offer treatment and counseling to help those suffering eating disorders to heal. Our eating disorder counseling aims to uncover the emotional wounds that are behind the disorders in order to heal them. Every dietitian and counselor on our team has extensive training and experience in helping people overcome eating disorders. Contact us in Arizona today to learn more about our eating disorder counseling and how you or a loved one can be freed from the life-threatening grip of these serious conditions.

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2017-01-17T01:45:13+00:00 June 30th, 2015|0 Comments