With the immense pressure to be “thin” or “fit” in today’s society, eating disorders are continuing to be a prevalent problem, particularly for those living and working in proximity to the image-conscious entertainment industry here in Southern California. Eating disorders are a considered process addictions, also called behavioral addictions, meaning the addictive process consists of compulsive actions that change brain and body chemistry and has the effect of altering moods, emotions and feelings that are intolerable. Eating disorders become a means to cope with unmanageability in one’s life or a manifestation of dysfunction in a family system. Common problems that arise from the unmanageability are anorexia, orthorexia, bulimia, and compulsive eating. These process addictions become a method of maintaining control, providing a way to “speak” due to not being heard, and/or as a method for self-soothing.
Foundry provides treatment for the following eating disorders:
- Anorexia – serious and potentially life-threatening, characterized by self starvation and excessive weigh loss;
- Orthorexia – obsession and preoccupation with avoiding eating foods considered “unhealthy;”
- Bulimia – binge eating followed by extreme compensatory behaviors, such as purging, compulsive exercise, fasting, and use of laxatives and/or diuretics;
- Compulsive eating – binge eating without the use of compensatory behaviors to counter the binge eating.
Clinicians at Foundry practice therapy from a family systems and team-based approach employing comprehensive structured treatment plans, including use of dietitians to monitor meal plans, experiential exercises, family therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) for processing trauma, and group therapy when appropriate. Our work at Foundry Clinical Group is to help you live a balanced life with the ability to incorporate food into healthy eating patterns.
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