Eating Disorders

offered in Encino and Pasadena, CA
Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders services offered in Encino and Pasadena, CA

Eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder are rooted deep in your brain, so you need highly trained eating disorder specialists to guide you through this challenge and out the other side. At Adelpha Psychiatric Group, the elite team of compassionate psychiatric care providers makes high-quality mental health care accessible to everyone. Through psychotherapy and medication management, you develop a healthy relationship with food, control your symptoms, and get a new start on your future. Call the office in Encino or Pasadena, California, today or request your appointment using online scheduling.

Eating Disorders Q & A

What are eating disorders?

Eating disorders are biologically-based illnesses causing significant disturbances in thoughts, feelings, and behaviors toward food and eating. Eating disorders include:

  • Anorexia nervosa: severe food restriction with dramatic weight loss
  • Bulimia nervosa: binging alternating with restriction or other compensatory behaviors like purging (i.e., vomiting)
  • Binge-eating disorder: binging without compensatory behaviors
  • Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID): extreme picky eating, with restrictions
  • Rumination disorder: regurgitation and re-chewing food
  • Pica: eating nonfood substances

While each eating disorder is very different, they all share the potential for severe, potentially life-threatening effects on the body if untreated.

My child acts strangely around food. Is it an eating disorder?

Although the symptoms of each eating disorder vary, some common signs of disordered eating habits can indicate a problem. These include:

  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Not eating around family or friends
  • Frequent vomiting
  • Restrictive food habits, like only eating certain types or brands of food
  • Low self-esteem
  • Preoccupation with body shape and making changes to it
  • Fixation on calories, carbs, and reading food labels in general

If you notice these symptoms or other worrying changes in your child’s behaviors towards food, schedule a consultation with the Adelpha Psychiatric Group as soon as possible.

The team, including members specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry, can determine if your child has an eating disorder and, if so, what treatment they need.

Are eating disorders treatable?

Eating disorders are treatable. In fact, recent statistics show that 75% of people with anorexia, a challenging eating disorder, experience at least a partial recovery.

At Adelpha Psychiatric Group, the elite psychiatric care team completed their education and training at some of the country’s most prestigious universities, giving them special skills in eating disorder treatment.

The practice offers multifaceted treatment to address the psychological, behavioral, nutritional, and other needs of people with eating disorders. Treatment often includes psychotherapy, with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy being two helpful approaches.

Some patients need medication management alongside psychotherapy. The team works with you and your loved ones to customize an approach that fosters healing.

If you or someone you love has an eating disorder, call the nearest Adelpha Psychiatric Group office now.