Many adolescents and adults suffer silently and needlessly for years before finally seeking help. This creates a more lengthy and difficult treatment process. Finding treatment within your provider network does not always ensure that you will receive an accurate diagnosis or the specific treatment and specialized skills to intervene and properly address the symptoms. Specialized treatment by those specifically trained to treat eating disorders is recommended.
Early intervention and treatment can save many years of suffering and misery. It is very beneficial to address symptoms early in children, adolescents, and college aged clients when the disorder is most often triggered. I also work with older adults with eating disorders who often are experiencing difficulty for the first time late in life while others have suffered their entire adult lives. While we don't know what causes an eating disorder, we do know that cultural influences to be thin and dieting put very young girls, and adult women at risk. We also know that 20% of those suffering are now boys and men with the cultural pressure to be "buff," "ripped," or to have a "six pack." People do not "outgrow" eating disorders. This illness is progressive and without intervention, it may change in form but it will not just go away.
My office is in a comfortable and relaxed outpatient setting. If a client is not responding to outpatient treatment and requires a higher level of care, I can and do make recommendations to other programs that can expedite the recovery process.
Special Links for Eating Disorder Support
The Academy for Eating Disorders
National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA)
Referrals for Eating Disorder Treatment