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With March being Natural Nutrition Month, we thought we would focus on nutrition and nutrition disorders. There are many people that suffer from Eating Disorders that have a hard time following the “ordinary treatment method.” This can be extremely hard and frustrating for both the individual suffering and the loved ones trying to support them. Future Health would like to share the following article describing alternative methods for individuals suffering from eating disorders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Kimberly Holland, HEALTHLINE