Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia and Obesity are can be very serious disorders that lead to physical illnesses and even death. Mental Health Services provides individual counseling care for these problems. If the disorder is serious, referral to outside agencies that specialize in Eating Disorder Treatment is made.

Below are a list of symptoms for Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia:

Anorexia Nervosa

  • Refusal to maintain body weight above a minimally normal weight for age and height.
  • Intense fear of gaining weight, even thought underweight.
  • Disturbed Body Perception
  • Undue influence of weight or shape on self-esteem
  • Denial of the seriousness of the current low weight
  • In postmenarcheal females, amenorrhea

Bulimia

  • Recurrent episodes of binge eating
  • Recurrent inappropriate compensatory behavior, ie., vomiting to prevent weight gain
  • Symptoms continuing on average of at least twice a week for three months
  • Undue influence of weight or shape on self-esteem

Mental Health

Agencies that provide free information about these disorders are listed below:

American Anorexia/Bulimia Association
1-800-522-2230

Council on size and Weight Discrimination
www.cswd.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness
www.nami.org

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
www.anad.org

National Eating Disorders Association
www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

Center for Change Eating Disorders Recovery Program
www.centerforchange.com