Because eating disorders aren’t as simple as they are commonly perceived, a multidisciplinary team is needed to treat this disorder. You need a team of people coming from every discipline because the psychiatric and psychological aspects, physical concerns, internal and spiritual dimension, and systems such as family, community, and culture must all be addressed.
Most of our patients talk about a feeling they’ve had for a very long time, before the eating behavior started. A profound feeling of isolation, of not belonging, which often precedes negative eating behavior. We help our patients understand where those feelings are coming from and help them learn new coping skills so they can address the disorder that developed as a result and practice new ways of being in the world.
S0, if you have a loved one who is displaying worrying behavior around food or body image or perhaps with isolating and disconnecting from others, what can you do? It’s a difficult situation to be in and can be hard to handle, which is why at Reasons, educating and supporting families is incredibly important to us. When patients come here, they are immersed in an environment where they are getting education and feedback all the time. This means it is equally as important to us to provide support and education to their outside support system.