I am going to be totally honest with you right now: I don't have a crystal ball and I can't tell you what your life is going to be like after your eating disorder. What I can tell you is that statistically women report a better quality of life after they've kicked their eating disorder to the curb. I can tell you that in counseling I will work with you to uncover what it is that you most want out of life and then we will build our therapeutic goals off of that.
What do you want out of life?
Restricting has probably helped you in some way. People don't do something if it's not serving a purpose and usually anorexia, and the other eating disorders, make people feel more in control, calmer, numb... So, let's figure out what it's done for you, how it's helped, and then we'll work to see what life without it would look like and you'll find other ways to get through tough times or deal with feeling crappy.
Life after an eating disorder is possible...
Being happy is possible...
Contact me to see how I can help!
Information about Anorexia Nervosa
Signs and Symptoms
- abnormal weight loss
- fine hair growth on the body, especially on the face and neck
- highly ritualized
- refusal to eat certain foods
- preoccupation with weight and food
- highly ritualized behavior
Diagnosing Anorexia (DSM-5, 2013)
- Restriction of energy intake relative to requirements leading to a significantly low body weight in the context of age, sex, developmental trajectory, and physical health.
- Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even though underweight.
- Disturbance in the way in which one's body weight or shape is experienced, undue influence of body weight or shape on self-evaluation, or denial of the seriousness of the current low body weight.
Types of Anorexia
- Restricting Type: people with this type will restrict caloric intake to sometimes only a few hundred calories
- Binge-Eating/Purging Type: people with this type will vomit or exercise after eating food they feel guilty about eating