What is an Eating Disorder?
An eating disorder is a serious mental and medical condition that can be life threatening. Eating disorders have the second highest mortality rate of all mental health disorders, surpassed only by opioid addiction. It is characterized by eating too much or too little in order to cope with life’s circumstances. It is accompanied by excessive concerns about one’s weight and body image. It often has co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, OCD, or substance abuse.
Contrary to popular opinion, eating disorders occur in individuals of all ages, sizes, ethnicities, and genders. People may appear deceptively healthy while concealing potentially life-threatening eating behaviors and related physical symptoms.
Common physical complaints associated with an eating disorder include: unexplained stomach distress, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, sleep problems, headaches/migraines, thinning hair/hair loss, dry skin and lightheadedness.
For individuals dealing with eating disorders, body image, and/or disordered eating, Rexburg Eating Disorder Center Team is here to help you understand the problem and your treatment options.
How to Tell if Your Clinician is Competent to Treat Eating Disorders
It can be difficult to find specialized treatment for eating disorders. At this time, there is only one nationally recognized certification credential for eating disorders, issued by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp™). Official iaedp™ specialist designations include Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS), which applies to licensed therapists, medical doctors, and nurse practitioners. This indicates that the professional meets a specific level of advanced education. Our clinicians are specially trained in this field and ready to help you overcome this challenge.
I went to integrated counseling for two years for eating disorder recovery. Every week, I loved meeting with my counselor to celebrate my successes and work through the barriers that come with mental health challenges. My counselor thoroughly explained the reasons behind eating disorder behaviors, showed empathy with hard topics, and helped me overcome Issues I had dealt with for years. I looked forward to each session. I am in a healthier state of mind and in a better place in life because of the thoughtfulness, kindness, and professionalism that my counselor showed me.
As a young woman who has struggled with body image and a relationship with food for most of my life, receiving counseling for my eating disorder was the only way I could finally see light at the end of my dark tunnel. My anorexia had consumed me to a point where food, exercise, and the way I perceived my body controlled my thoughts and feelings every hour of the day. It wasn't until I sought out counseling and had a desire to recover that I am finally healing. These past three years receiving professional help have truly saved my life. I am now the healthiest I have ever been. Without a shadow of a doubt, I would encourage any person who is struggling with an eating disorder to not be afraid to reach out and trust that you can finally learn to love yourself.
I am a 56 year old woman who has struggled with disordered eating for the past 42 years of my life. It wasn’t until I found my counselor with Integrated Counseling, that I started to reverse all the ill effects of dieting, issues around controlling all my food and letting go of my fat phobia. The program that my counselor guided me through was an awesome mix of self compassion, intuitive eating and movement, being present in all aspects of life and stopping judgement towards myself and others. I am convinced that I would not be nearly as far along in my healing process were it not for my counselor. She was gentle yet firm, patient and incredibly understanding. I am left with all the tools I need to proceed through life on my continued recovery journey.