Eating Disorder

Uptown Psych

Psychiatrists & Therapists located in Uptown, Chicago, IL

Eating disorders are serious health conditions posing dangerous consequences that are, particularly in teenage girls and young women. At Uptown Psych, located in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, our experienced team of trained mental health professionals has countless patients recover from eating disorders and help find normalcy in their relations to food, weight, and body image. If you suspect someone you know suffers from an eating disorder, don’t let the problem linger. Call or book a consultation online with the mental health professionals at Uptown Psych.

Eating Disorder Q & A

Uptown Psych

What are different types of eating disorders?

Eating disorders involve heightened emotions, feelings, and behaviors centered around eating and weight issues. Both females and males can have eating disorders, and they are serious emotional and physical problems that can be life-threatening.

A few of the most commonly found eating disorders and their symptoms are:

Anorexia

  • Restricting food intake, leading to abnormal weight loss
  • Excessive fear about weight gain
  • Self-esteem linked to body image

Binge Eating Disorder

  • Episodes of eating vast quantities of food without trying to prevent weight gain (i.e. self-induced vomiting)
  • Shame and guilt about binge eating
  • Loss of control over binge eating (eating even when you’re not hungry)

Bulimia

  • Episodes of eating vast quantities of food followed by self-induced vomiting
  • Loss of control over binge eating (eating when you’re not hungry)
  • Self-esteem linked to body image

When is it time to see a medical professional?

Eating disorders can consume your life and negatively impact your overall well-being, even leading to death in some cases. You cannot overcome them without professional help. For people with eating disorders, it can be hard to admit there is a problem, so it is important to look out for your loved ones and be alert.

Here are some things to look out for:

  • Skipping meals
  • Overly restrictive dieting
  • Eating separately from the rest of your family
  • Excessive exercise
  • Leaving during meals to use the bathroom

If you notice signs in someone close to you that may indicate an eating disorder, do your best to get them help.

Who is at risk?

There are certain factors that make developing an eating disorder more likely for some versus others, including:

  • Gender (young females are most at risk)
  • Age (teens and early 20s are most at risk)
  • Family history
  • Other mental health conditions
  • Dieting
  • Stress
  • Sports (particularly those that encourage weight loss)

How do you treat eating disorders?

At Uptown Psych, our staff that has a wealth of professional experience and resources to treat these often devastating disorders. Treatment usually includes carefully selected medications and talk therapy, which usually includes family therapy. Eating disorders do not affect only those afflicted, but also those caught in the crosshairs, usually partners or family members.