If someone you love is suffering from an eating disorder, you may feel hopeless as a parent, spouse, or loved one. Eating disorders have the highest morality rate of any mental health disorder. Often times the identified patient is in denial and this is one of the most common diagnostic criterion of a formal eating disorder. Moreover, the individual may begin to experience physiological repercussions as a result of the eating disorder (i.e., cardiac complications, bone density problems such as osteopenia, amenorrhea, or other potentially harmful effects on their physical health). Therefore, it is essential to seek out professional help for your loved one to address the psychological as well as the physiological components that are associated with an eating disorder.
In addition to the denial and possible minimization of their behaviors, the individual may be experiencing guilt or shame. In your efforts as a loved one to confront the individual in a rational manner are often counterproductive. Clearly, this is due to the cognitive distortions (i.e., not getting enough protein or adequate nutrition to the brain). You may have experienced broken promises in terms of the patient agreeing to be compliant and follow through with treatment. However, the patient will become defensive, lie, or distort your efforts to seek out support for them in an attempt to cover up their shame, humiliation, and guilt. They may react in a manner where they experience unpredictable mood swings, emotional outbursts such as anger, crying, and tearfulness.
Their behavioral patterns are often self-destructive whereas they are on a path where they will more than likely chronically deteriorate if they do not get the professional help that they need. The person who is experiencing the eating disorder may often times feel powerless and out of control with their various behavioral patterns. Unlike other addictions such as substance abuse or drug and alcohol problems it is imperative that you do not wait until the person reaches rock bottom. Due to the medical complications that often arise in the course of an eating disorder it is essential that this person have not only their physical health monitored, but also their psychiatric health. Thus, it is important to get medical clearance such as cardiac assessment bone density test, comprehensive physical with complete blood work, and a gynecological consult. In general, medication management is often recommended by a psychiatrists for formal eating disorders as well as psychotherapy such as individual, family, and group and perhaps adjunct therapies as well (i.e., art therapy music therapy, and meal therapy).
If you have attempted to confront and address your loved one who has a formal eating disorder and they have not sought out help or agreed to follow through with treatment you may want to consider a clinical intervention from a mental health licensed professional. The process of an intervention is an attempt to encourage the patient to seek out professional help and it is very well organized in advance and the success rate is often very high. More specifically, an intervention consists of a group of close friends and/or family members who share their concerns and observations with the individual with the formal eating disorder in a supportive and caring environment. The interventionist is responsible for facilitating this clinical intervention in a very controlled and systematic manner. This specific therapeutic intervention may help the patient overcome or shatter the denial and may be the first step at getting them into treatment to recover from their formal eating disorder.
In summary, a professional and clinical intervention has been strategically planned out in advance and has already coordinated either an inpatient or outpatient place of treatment for the patient to go to once they have agreed during the intervention process. More importantly, it is essential for the family members to talk to the interventionist in advance and share their clinical observations regarding the patient’s behavioral patterns, cognitions, and to assess their psychological functioning. Once the clinical interview and a thorough diagnostic assessment has been completed with the family members, the treatment team at The Walker Wellness Clinic will have a staff meeting with all of their professionals who are licensed psychologists and other mental health professionals, clinical dietitians, and exercise physiologist will design a clinical program specifically to meet the patient’s needs. In conclusion, as one patient so eloquently said, “Thank you Walker Wellness Clinic for giving me back my quality of life and for helping me along the road to my recovery from my eating disorder.”
1. Contact The Walker Wellness Clinic at 1-877-899-7254 or email us at Walkwell@msn.com.
2. Complete a contract that spells out the terms and agreement of the clinical intervention such as fees, travel arrangements, and research inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities. (Note: Fees for the intervention are collected in advance and are not covered by third party reimbursement from insurance companies).
3. Complete an intake and assessment that gives The Walker Wellness Clinic the loved ones and family member’s clinical observations such as behavioral patterns, medical condition, etc.
4. The Walker Wellness Clinic treatment team of clinical and licensed professionals such as psychologists, mental health professionals, dietitians, and exercise physiologists will conduct a staff meeting to determine the course of treatment for the identified patient and research treatment facilities and provide clinical recommendations as well as coordinate patient care.
5. A cancellation policy will be required to give The Walker Wellness Clinic 2 weeks notice if the family decides to not proceed with the intervention and a non-refundable deposit will be collected.
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