Eating Disorder Recovery in Lisle & Naperville, IL

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According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), more than 20 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from an eating disorder. ANAD also reports that eating disorders account for the “highest mortality rate of any mental illness.” There is a commonly held misconception that eating disorders are a lifestyle choice. An eating disorder is a serious mental health disorder that involves complex and damaging relationships with food, eating, exercise, and body image. While no one knows for sure what causes eating disorders, a growing consensus suggests that it is a range of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors. 

 Eating Disorders can affect people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, and ethnicities. The types of eating disorders include:  Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder (BED), and Avoidant Restrictive Food Disorder (ARFD)

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Anorexia Nervosa:

Anorexia nervosa is diagnosed when an individual persistently restricts caloric intake, leading to significantly low body weight (related to what is minimally expected for age, sex, and health).

Patients also experience an intense fear of gaining weight, develop distortions in how they perceive their body, and deny the severity of their disorder. Patient’s sense of self-worth is highly influenced by their body size and shape. 

Bulimia Nervosa:

Bulimia nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by a cycle of bingeing and compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or other medications, fasting, or excessive exercise. The binge eating is typically done in secret, with a sense of lack of control over eating during the episode (e.g. a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control what or how much one is eating).

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Binge Eating Disorder (BED) Treatment Lisle and Naperville

Binge eating disorder (BED) is a severe, life-threatening, and treatable eating disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of eating large quantities of food and a sense of a loss of control during the binge. Many people may experience shame, distress or guilt afterwards; and not regularly use unhealthy compensatory measures (e.g., purging) to counter the binge eating.   BED is the most common eating disorder in the United States. 

ARFID

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is a new diagnosis in the DSM-5, and was previously referred to as “Selective Eating Disorder.” ARFID is similar to anorexia in that both disorders involve limitations in the amount and/or types of food consumed, but unlike anorexia, ARFID does not involve any distress about body shape , size, or fears of fatness. The disorder can look different for each individual and can also affect growth, development, and social functioning. 

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Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders can affect people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, and ethnicities. (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder (BED), Avoidant Restrictive Food Disorder (ARFD)
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Mood Disorders

Mood Disorders

Most people feel sad or irritable from time to time. A mood disorder is different. It affects a person's everyday emotional state. At this point, it may be time to seek help.
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ADHD

ADHD

ADHD often begins in childhood and can persist into adulthood. Many people are not diagnosed until they are adults, after struggling with symptoms for years without realizing it.
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Anxiety

Anxiety

Occasional anxiety is normal, but anxiety disorders are different. Anxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of worry and involve excessive and persistent fear or anxiety.
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Substance Use

Substance Use

I have experience and a passion for helping individuals who may struggle with substance use, and/or process addictions. I will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that works best for you.
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Group Therapy

Group Therapy

Group therapy helps you realize you're not alone, facilitates giving and receiving support, and helps you find your “voice.”
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FAQ's

FAQs About Eating Disorder Recovery in Lisle & Naperville, IL

An Eating disorder is a serious mental illness that can have devastating effects on your health, both physically and mentally. It’s important to learn about eating disorders, because they are often misunderstood and under diagnosed. If you think you might have the condition, it’s important to seek professional help for eating disorder recovery.

No, you cannot “accidentally” have an eating disorder. An eating disorder is a serious mental illness that occurs when someone has an unhealthy relationship with food. This can include starving yourself, overeating, or purging after eating. For many people with eating disorders, the condition develops over time, and it can be difficult to realize that they have a problem. If you think you might have an eating disorder, you may seek me out at info@kirstenbook.com  for psychiatric services to get the help you need.

There is no “ most serious” eating disorder. All eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that can have devastating effects on your health, as it is not all about weight. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorders are all serious disorders that require professional treatment.

If you would like to determine whether you have an eating disorder, it’s important to contact me for psychiatric help at 630-454-1490 to get a professional diagnosis. I will work with you to create a treatment plan that meets your unique needs.

One way to raise awareness about eating disorders is to talk about them openly and honestly. This can help reduce the stigma surrounding eating disorders and make it more likely that people will seek professional help for eating disorder recovery if they believe they have a problem.

Additionally, you may want to consider donating to or volunteering with organizations that support people with eating disorders. The use of healthy social media to spread the word about eating disorders and recovery has also been beneficial in raising awareness. The more awareness about eating disorders, the more we can help more people get the treatment they need to recover.