The Positive Reflections Track For Disordered Eating
Healing Mind and Body
Mental health disorders are often complex and can be accompanied by a wide range of behaviors and symptoms. In many instances, mental health struggles can lead to:
- A negative self-image
- A distorted body image often referred to as body dysmorphia
- Disordered eating or a negative relationship with food in general
These thought patterns and behaviors are not only a result of a mental health condition, but they can even contribute to worsening mental health over time.
The Positive Reflections track offers a rich curriculum that can help address disordered eating thoughts and behaviors. While we don’t treat eating disorders, we can help clients experiencing disordered eating along with a mental health disorder like depression or anxiety.
Those who can benefit from the Positive Reflections track are often in partial or full remission from an eating disorder but still have lingering mental health issues. In addition to the coping skills taught within our Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) groups, we offer several unique groups specific to this track:
- Self-compassion (CFT Therapy)
- Self-acceptance (ACT Therapy)
- Awareness/body image
- Meal coaching/planning
The purpose of these skills is to help individuals build a healthier sense of self and relationship with food.
Contact us today to learn more about treatment for disordered eating and the Positive Reflections track
What Is Disordered Eating?
Disordered eating refers to abnormal eating patterns or behaviors. This includes behaviors that reflect many, but not all, of the symptoms of eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating disorder.
However, someone suffering from disordered eating does not display enough of the criteria for a diagnosis of an eating disorder. It’s also important to note that disordered eating doesn’t apply to individuals with food intolerances or health problems who must adhere to specific diets.
People who practice disordered eating often do so to help them cope with uncomfortable emotions, including anxiety, depression, and trauma. They may also have a negative self-image and low self-esteem. Some individuals may also be in recovery from an eating disorder.
Disordered eating might involve focusing on weight and calorie intake to distract from these negative emotions and feelings of inadequacy. It can provide a sense of control over uncomfortable feelings and stressful situations.
Symptoms of Disordered Eating
The symptoms of disordered eating are similar to eating disorders and may include:
- Frequent, often unnecessary dieting
- Anxiety associated with specific foods or meal skipping
- Chronic weight fluctuations
- Feelings of guilt and shame associated with eating
- Preoccupation with food, weight and body image that negatively impacts quality of life
This list is not exhaustive; symptoms of disordered eating vary from each person and are often co-occurring with the symptoms of other common mental health disorders.
Disordered Eating vs. Eating Disorders
The biggest difference between an eating disorder and disordered eating is whether a person’s symptoms meet diagnostic criteria defined by the DSM-V. Disordered eating is a descriptor for a loose set of symptoms, but not an official diagnosis or disorder.
While many people who have disordered eating patterns fit some of the criteria for specific eating disorders, they do not match all of the current criteria for an eating disorder diagnosis.
Although disordered eating does not meet the criteria of an eating disorder diagnosis, it still deserves attention and treatment. Disordered eating may develop into more problematic eating disorders if left untreated.
Find Support For Mental Health And Disordered Eating
If you or someone you love are struggling with a mental health disorder, self-image, and unhealthy eating, you’re not alone. Help is available at High Focus Centers for adults seeking professional assistance in New Jersey.
Our team takes a holistic approach to eating disorder treatment that supports long-term wellness. Contact High Focus Centers to have a friendly, non-judgmental conversation and see how we may be able to help you.