Why You Need a Delray Beach Psychiatrist for Eating Disorder Treatment

If you or someone you love is suffering from an eating disorder, you need the help of a Delray Beach psychiatrist. Eating disorders are deadly, but with help from a Delray Beach psychiatrist, you (or your loved one) can get better and live a healthy life.

What Can a Delray Beach Psychiatrist Do for Your Eating Disorder?

Our Delray Beach psychiatrist is qualified to evaluate your symptoms and diagnose your eating disorder if you have not already been diagnosed. If you have a concurrent addiction or mental illness, our Delray Beach psychiatrist is qualified to diagnose that condition and evaluate its severity and its effect on your condition. Our Delray Beach psychiatrist specializes in the treatment of eating disorders as well as mental illnesses and addiction.

Our Delray Beach psychiatrist is also qualified to prescribe medication. You may not need medication for the treatment of your eating disorder, but our Delray Beach psychiatrist may feel that it is necessary, especially if you are suffering from a dual diagnosis. Our Delray Beach psychiatrist can talk to you about your medical options and answer any questions you may have about your treatment.

Is There a Difference Between a Psychiatrist and a Psychologist?

Yes, there is a difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist. Our Delray Beach psychiatrist, like all psychiatrists, is a doctor with medical training. Our Delray Beach psychiatrist has been to medical school and has also had specialized training in the treatment of eating disorders, addiction and mental illness.

A psychologist has a PhD, or Doctor of Philosophy, or PsyD, Doctor of Psychology, rather than a DM or Doctor of Medicine degree. While a psychologist has advanced training in psychology, he or she is not qualified to diagnose illnesses or prescribe medication. Psychologists administer various forms of psychotherapy in order to treat their patients. A psychiatrist may also administer psychotherapy.

What Eating Disorder Treatments Will Our Delray Beach Psychiatrist Recommend?

Our Delray Beach psychiatrist may recommend that you take antidepressants for the treatment of your eating disorder. It is not uncommon for people suffering from eating disorders to also suffer from depression, so our Delray Beach psychiatrist may recommend antidepressants. Antidepressants have been found to help treat bingeing and purging symptoms in people suffering from bulimia.

Our Delray Beach psychiatrist may also determine that you are suffering from anxiety symptoms. Obsessive-compulsive disorder, an anxiety disorder that causes intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviors, is very common in people with eating disorders and is often one of the primary contributing factors in the development of eating disorders. Our Delray Beach psychiatrist may prescribe antidepressants for the treatment of anxiety symptoms.

You will also need psychotherapy to treat your eating disorder symptoms and any other mental health symptoms you may be experiencing. Some of the therapies our Delray Beach psychiatrist recommends to treat eating disorders include cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, and in some cases, family-based therapy.

Our Delray Beach psychiatrist will probably also recommend nutrition therapy for the treatment of your eating disorder. You need nutrition therapy to help your body recover from the damage done by your eating disorder. You may even need to be hospitalized until your weight and physical condition can be stabilized.

During your nutritional education program, you’ll receive education about nutrition and its effects on your body. You’ll learn how to plan meals and how to establish and adhere to regular meal times. You’ll also learn how to avoid dieting. Our Delray Beach psychiatrist recommends that you put the skills you’re learning in psychotherapy to the test during your nutrition education.  As you learn to change your eating habits, you will begin to recognize the damaging thoughts and beliefs that caused your disordered eating, and how you can apply the cognitive techniques you’re learning in therapy to change them.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from an Eating Disorder?

This is a question with no clear-cut answer. As with recovery from other mental illnesses, eating disorder recovery takes as long as it takes. Some people need more time than others. Our Delray Beach psychiatrist generally recommends a minimum stay of at least 30 to 60 days in our residential facility.

If you or someone you love is struggling with an eating disorder, we can help. Call our Delray Beach psychiatrist today at 1-888-415-0708.