If obsessive thoughts about food, eating too much, or eating very few calories consumes you, you may struggle with an eating disorder. At Axial Psychiatric Services in Rockwall, Texas, Ankit Parmar, MD, and the team diagnose eating disorders and recommend treatments that improve your physical and mental health. Call the office to schedule an evaluation or use the online booking feature today.
Eating disorders are mental health conditions that affect the number of calories you consume and your habits while eating. Common eating disorders include:
While many people overeat or undereat from time to time, eating disorders may cause you to obsess over food and lead to unhealthy behavior patterns.
The common symptoms of eating disorders, depending on the type you have, include:
You might also develop nutritional deficiencies, such as iron deficiency or other mineral and vitamin deficiencies. Forcing yourself to throw up after meals can erode the enamel of your teeth and cause electrolyte imbalances. Being underweight also puts you at risk of low bone density.
The cause of eating disorders isn’t always known. Possible risk factors include:
You might struggle with an eating disorder because you feel a loss of control, have social struggles, or suffer from depression or anxiety.
Your Axial Psychiatric Services specialist determines if you have an eating disorder after reviewing your symptoms, lifestyle habits, and medical history. They complete a physical exam, weigh you, evaluate your body mass index (BMI), and complete a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation by asking questions about your behaviors, thoughts, and emotions.
If you have an eating disorder, your Axial Psychiatric Services provider may recommend psychotherapy, nutrition education, or participating in an inpatient treatment center. If your eating disorder stems from depression or another mental health disorder, you might take medications to better control your behavior patterns and your mood.
Talk therapy teaches you ways to deal with stress and have a healthier relationship with food. You might gradually increase your food intake or avoid situations that trigger binge eating and self-induced vomiting. Finding and treating the root cause of an eating disorder is the key to effectively overcoming it.
To get screened or treated for an eating disorder, call the Axial Psychiatric Services office or schedule an appointment online today.