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Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders services offered in Mesa, AZ

Eating disorders aren’t something you or your child can snap out of, but with expert treatment, recovery is possible. At Mesquite Valley Integrated Health in Mesa, Arizona, Jared Brink, FPMHNP-BC, and Troy Fulton, FPMHNP-BC, offer expert treatment delivered with genuine compassion. To learn more about effective therapies for eating disorders, call Mesquite Valley Integrated Health today or go online to request a consultation.

What are eating disorders?

Eating disorders are psychiatric conditions that involve unhealthy, flawed relationships with food and eating.

As the fixation on food and body weight worsens, patients with eating disorders develop unpleasant symptoms and sometimes suffer disabling complications. Eating disorder problems vary depending on which condition you have but can include:

  • Anemia
  • Muscle wasting
  • Dry, discolored skin
  • Constipation
  • Low blood pressure
  • Thinning bones
  • Constantly feeling cold
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen neck glands
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Dehydration
  • Tooth wear, sensitivity, and decay
  • Digestive disorders
  • Electrolyte imbalances

Eating disorders are a serious issue and can prove fatal. Across the United States, more people die because of eating disorders than any other mental health-related condition. 

What are the different eating disorders?

The three most common eating disorders are:

Anorexia nervosa

Anorexia nervosa makes you see yourself as overweight even though you aren’t. You could be severely underweight yet still think your reflection in the mirror proves you’re carrying excess body weight. Severe anorexia causes malnutrition, infertility, fine hair growth (lanugo), brain and heart damage, and eventually multiple organ failure.

Bulimia nervosa

With bulimia nervosa, you binge eat, consuming excessive amounts of food often in a short period. After binging, you feel full of self-hate and make yourself vomit. You might also use medications like laxatives and diuretics to lose any weight you think you’ve gained.

Binge eating disorder

This disorder is similar to bulimia, except you don’t make yourself vomit after binging.

What are the signs someone has an eating disorder?

Someone with anorexia is unable to understand they’re underweight, despite what their reflection or the bathroom scales show. They are also obsessed with weighing themselves, counting calories, and restricting their food intake.

People with bulimia might have dental problems due to the repeated regurgitation of corrosive stomach acid into the mouth. Another common sign of eating disorders is exercising excessively.

How are eating disorders treated?

Each patient with an eating disorder benefits from a personalized treatment plan at Mesquite Valley Integrated Health. Your plan could include one or more of the following:

  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-anxiety medications
  • Antipsychotic drugs
  • Mood stabilizers

The Maudsley approach is a family therapy often effective in helping patients recover from eating disorders.

If you or your child develops signs of an eating disorder, visit Mesquite Valley Integrated Health for compassionate care. Call the office today and schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.