Eating Disorder Treatment in Wellesley, MA
Eating disorders are illnesses in which people experience severe disturbances in their eating behaviors and related thoughts and emotions. People with eating disorders typically become pre-occupied with food and their body weight.
Since 1994, Colony Care Behavioral Health has offered comprehensive treatment for eating disorders to patients in Wellesley, MA. Our team of highly-trained independently licensed psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed psychotherapists, and psychiatric nurse practitioners are dedicated to providing patients with patient-centered, convenient, and affordable care. Our affiliated clinicians offer both in-person services at our offices in Long Meadow, Wellesley and Arlington, MA, and services via telehealth. If you are currently experiencing symptoms of eating disorders, please contact our offices at (781) 431-1177 ext. 210. and schedule an appointment today!
What is Anorexia?
Anorexia Nervosa, or anorexia, is diagnosed to someone when their body weight is at least 15% less than the typical height to weight ratio
Signs of Anorexia
Major signs of anorexia are (but not limited to):
- Significant decrease in typical food intake
- Fear of being overweight
People with this disorder do not maintain a healthy weight and oftentimes they eat too little, exercise too much (often obsessively), and may even force themselves to vomit in order to lose more weight and meet this unrealistic expectation they have in their mind.
Over time, these additional anorexia symptoms may develop:
- Menstrual periods cease
- Severe constipation
- Skin dries and can turn yellowish
- Hair/nails become brittle
What is Binge Eating?
Binge eating is when people have episodes where they consume very large amounts of food in a short period of time and feel like they are not in control during the binge. Rather than getting rid of the food by trying to vomit or purge, binge eaters can suffer serious health issues caused by obesity.
Signs of Binge Eating
Here are common signs of binge eating:
- Eating until feeling uncomfortably full
- Eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry
- Eating alone because of feeling embarrassed by how much one is eating
- Feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed, or very guilty afterward
- Severe depression
What is Bulimia?
Although people with this disease may diet more frequently and exercise more vigorously, people with bulimia are can be normal weight, overweight, or even obese.
People with bulimia binge eat frequently, and during these times they may eat an astounding amount of food in a relatively short period of time. This makes people feel out of control and after a binge, their stomach pains and fear of weight gain often lead to vomiting or using a laxative. This process can repeat several times a day so it’s crucial to address any concerns before it gets worse.
What Are the Treatment Options?
Psychotherapy is a popular treatment for people with eating disorders because it allows people to better understand their thoughts and behaviors that trigger these emotions. Medication has also been found to treat these disorders, especially if the two treatments are combined in a proper manner, according to your doctor’s instructions. However, this will all be determined between you and the highly trained clinicians at Colony Care Behavioral Health.