I think I might have an eating disorder. What should I do? How are eating disorders treated?

If you think you may have an eating disorder, it is very important that you speak with someone on the CHOC team as soon as possible. We’re here to help you, not judge you. Your doctor will evaluate you to diagnose whether or not you have an eating disorder and determine the right way to treat the problem.

Eating disorders are usually treated with a combination of individual therapy, family therapy, behavior modification and nutritional rehabilitation. In short, we will work with you to help you understand the feelings that have brought on the eating disorder and help you relearn the right way to feed your body. Medication (usually antidepressants) may be helpful if you are also depressed. Your family will play a supportive role in your treatment process and hospitalization may be required for medical complications related to weight loss and malnutrition.