Treatment for an eating disorder differs from
person to person. A combination of traditional and alternative treatments may
be used. The type of treatment used will vary based on the person’s situation,
dedication to getting well, and personal history with the eating disorder.
An important part of recovering from an
eating disorder is learning how to maintain better overall health. The
following lifestyle decisions may be useful in this goal.
Be Dedicated to the Treatment
Sticking with scheduled meetings, therapy
sessions, meals, and activities will help you avoid straying back into
Accept responsibility for getting well and
help your body heal. This can be an important part of recovery. Work with a
doctor or nutrition specialist to make sure your diet is adequate.
Engage in Social Activity
Feelings of isolation may drive an eating
disorder. Make plans with friends and family members who are willing to help
you recover. They will help you stay dedicated to treatment.
Learn Appropriate Coping Techniques
Certain situations or feelings may trigger an
urge to return to previous patterns. Work with a therapist or doctor to learn
coping strategies. Use these when you feel tempted or realize you’ve started
engaging in some of the same unhealthy behaviors.
Reach Out to Others
Ask your local hospital or mental health
office for a referral to a group therapy session for people recovering from an
eating disorder. Talking with others who are facing similar struggles may help
you both stay encouraged. You will also have a place to turn to if you have any
questions about treatment.
Seek Out Professionals
Your doctor, therapist, or other medical
professional can help you establish new, healthier fitness routines. They can
also help you find sources of practical, medically sound advice.
As with other conditions, alternative
treatments can be both helpful and detrimental to your recovery. Discuss any
alternative treatments you wish to use with your doctor and therapist. They may
want to supervise the alternative treatments to make sure there are not any
adverse side effects or potential problems.
No alternative therapy has been found to be
as effective as more traditional techniques like psychotherapy, medication, and
education when it comes to treating an eating disorder. However, the following
treatments may be beneficial for helping treat behavioral, emotional, or mental
factors that contribute to eating disorders:
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