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Great...so how do I get help?

Treatment is a hard topic to find research on.  This is because treatment is different for everyone.  However there are some things that are reccomended for treatment for almost everyone.  I'll explain a little about the basics and then point you in the direction of some help.

The 3 Common Threads of Treatment

  • Psychologist
    • Eating Disorders are often a symptom of a large problem.  A psychologist can help you determine and help you fix it.  They can also let you know if it would be a good idea for you to see a psychiatrist or a registered dietician.  Even if you just want someone to talk to about problems you are having, its nice having someone to listen.
  • Psychiatrist
    • Sometimes life gives us situations that we can't handle.  It can sometimes help to see a psychiatrist to see if it is a good idea to take medicine.  Not that medicine is a cure all, but it can take away some anxiety or feelings of depression so you can work on the cause of those feelingss and the cause of your eating disorder. 
  • Registered Dietician
    • Eating is obviously a large part of eating disorders.  Who better to talk to about how to improve your eating habits than a dietician.  A R.D. (registered dietician) can give you some helpful ideas on how to fix some of the symptoms of the disorders so you can focus on the cause.

As you can see, it is best to attack eating disorders from all angles.  This multiangle approach is most effective is treating eating disorders.  So now that you know what kind of treatment you need...here's how to find it.  Just make sure that the people you see have good credentials.  A Psy.D. or a Ph.D. in clinical psychology for a psychologist, a M.D. for a psychiatist, and a R.D. for a Registered Dietician.  Without these credentials, you could actually get worse from treatment.

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