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How to Treat Eating Disorders

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Introduction

Each type of eating disorder requires a certain approach to treatment, but all forms of the condition can be cured, and individuals can make a full recovery from their disorder.

It is important that the victim receives the correct form of treatment and has assistance not only from doctors and therapists, but from their family members and friends too. It is also vital that the sufferer understands what they can do in their daily life and outside of treatment to help increase their likelihood of recovery

Recovery Guidelines

There are a number of ways that an individual can begin to recover from their eating disorder, alongside the help provided by a GP.

The following are guidelines that can help you to make a quick recovery:

- Always try to ensure that your body weight is a recommended level.

- Women should always strive to have a natural and regular menstrual cycle.

- Eat a nutritious balanced diet.

- Do not focus on baseless fears about food and try not to over or under eat but eat what is enough.

- Maintain a good relationship with friends and family members.

- Become aware of the useless cultural values which often trigger people to think about losing weight so that they maintain the socially desired ‘perfect’ shape and size.

- Spend time with people who are positive and who can instil positivity in your attitude.

- Choose interests according to the needs you have and your age. Ensure that you only get involved in worthwhile and healthy relationships.

- Try to solve most of your problems without involving other people.

- Participate in social gatherings, such as eating out with your friends.

- Take part in activities which bring you joy.

- If there are eventualities resulting from your choices, be ready to accept them.

- Move towards an ambitious and meaningful life.

- Set goals that you can realistically achieve.

- Be responsible and diminish ideas of being lazy so that you can live a satisfying and worthwhile life.

- Remain active and spend time engaged in activities that keep you active.

- Be proud of yourself and appreciate yourself fully. Forsake perfectionism and try to live happily.

- Accept flaws without complaints and scepticism.

- Be kind to your critics and do not pay attention to negative remarks made about you.

- Be positive and believe that you can recover and return to a normal life.

Anyone suffering from a disorder and who can follow what we have discussed above can easily overcome the condition without seeking help from any other person. For those who must seek for assistance, some of the things mentioned above can be attained without the input of a specialist. The idea is that you need to spend part of your time on your own to help you mould and shape your brain, to enable it function in a normal way.

Why it is Necessary that you Should Return to Your Own Healthy Self

Generally, it has been established that all eating disorders come with an aspect of obsessive dieting. Further, it has been observed that the unyielding desire to lose weight is considered important for many people and there is a misconception that if you eat less, you will lose weight, increase your levels of confidence, and become more appealing.

It is critical to remember that there are several people who will resort to excessive dieting to fit in more and gain a sense of appreciation and acceptance within society. However, even when they do achieve weight loss, they often do not feel the satisfaction they expected to feel, and this will only cause them to further spiral into their disorder. If any of your relatives of peers suffer from an eating disorder, it is critical that you plan how you can restore their health and aid and support their recovery process.

If you are a victim of an eating disorder, the first thing you should do is strive to increase your level of confidence and avoid any activity or behaviour that can lead to self-loathing or negative feelings. It is important that you feel content with your body and strive for health, rather than a specific ‘look’. It is also important that you shun society's perspective of a perfect body and understand that much of the media we see regarding this topic is unrealistic and altered. This way, you will help create a world that is not just positive for you, but for other people as well.

As you recover, or after you have fully recovered, you can choose to assist other victims and come up with a support team/group to help each other. You may wish to work towards eliminating the stigma of losing weight by engaging in activities that can harm you, and instead promote the idea of health over ‘perfection’. This is critical for all victims of eating disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing a disorder in the future. It is important to note that you can only be at your best if you have confidence in yourself and you are comfortable with the way you are. It does not matter how your body looks like, or how you interpret it to look, if you are healthy and happy.

Anyone suffering from any type of eating disorders, and who go to the extent of inflicting pain upon themselves by engaging in excessive dieting, must learn how to appreciate their bodies, whether they achieve this on their own, through the support of friends and family, or through seeking out professional health.

Why You Need to Consult a General Practitioner

The GP plays a significant role in detecting the eating disorder before it worsens, and its effects become irreversible. They are aware of the symptoms and signs and are well placed to single out the form or type of disorder you may be suffering from. However, when you choose to visit a GP, it is advisable to take a close friend or family member along with you. This has been found to make the process easier and will help you feel comfortable by providing you with a system of support from the outset. You may have numerous sessions with a GP during the process of recovery. The number of sessions required depends on your needs and will give you an opportunity to discuss the matter with the GP, as well as how you feel and your experiences. This is critical since it provides someone with whom to share your problems.

What to Expect From a GP

They are polite and will always be compassionate towards you. If there is anything you want to share

them, the GPs are always available and respond compassionately and confidentially. They take the discussion with the patients seriously and will always respond l appropriately. GPs will give you adequate time to share with them your opinions and will work hard to help you resolve any issues you experience.

The Questions You Need to Ask the GP


The GP will examine you and ascertain if you are suffering from any form of eating disorder based on the symptoms that have been established. Once they have established that you suffer from one of the conditions, they will send you to an expert in that area to help carry out an assessment to establish the type of disorder you are suffering from and how treatment can proceed.

Once this is done treatment will begin, which will consist of psychological therapies, as well as other procedures. They will also give you a day plan you should follow to reduce instances of feeling lethargic, so that you can spend part of your time in a positive way. During the treatment process, you will be asked to undergo an outpatient or inpatient treatment.

This will depend on the discretion of your GP. You may also choose to be treated privately. However, before you choose to be treated privately, it is vital to ensure that you get the necessary information so that you can decide and choose the best option for yourself.

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