If you’re wondering how you can show support on National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, we’re here to help. A great start is educating yourself and learning as much as possible about eating disorders. There are a number of resources online that can assist with this, and you can reach out to professionals like the team here at Crossroads. Each February, the National Eating Disorders Association looks to raise awareness through National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) Week. To learn more about treatment options for eating disorders, like residential eating disorder treatment for women, contact the Crossroads team today at 877.978.1667.
How to Show Support on National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
To learn more about NEDA Week and how you can support a friend through their national campaign, check out their website. They’ve listed all the activities and ways you can be involved there. The mission of the week is to educate people about eating disorders, support those in recovery, and provide resources for those battling or supporting someone with an eating disorder. Crossroads supports the efforts of NEDA Week by spreading the word about eating disorders to women and their supporters in our community.
It’s also important to familiarize yourself with the signs that can indicate someone you care about may have an eating disorder, such as:
- An obsession with counting calories
- Excessive diet pill consumption
- Severe weight loss or gain
- Hidden food wrappers and food waste
- Avoiding activities involving food
- Binge eating
- Changes in appearance, such as discolored teeth, thinning hair, or dry skin
NEDA Week 2023 will take place during the week of February 27 – March 3, 2023.
The Role of Family in Treating an Eating Disorder
An eating disorder can affect the entire family, not just the person battling it. Reading this post can be an essential first step in how the whole family support system can be part of the treatment and recovery process.
Eating disorders can affect a family in many ways, including:
- Financial impact
- Strained family relationships
- Poor performance at work or school for the entire family
- Managing the reckless behavior of the person battling the disorder
- Parental grief
Group family therapy is a critical part of treatment and recovery. You can work with your loved one to have open and honest conversations guided by professionals. A comfortable environment with no distractions is ideal to talk to them about your concerns and communicate that you are there to help them. This action is essential because many who are struggling do not think they have a problem and believe they can manage it independently.
Eating Disorder Treatment For Women
At Crossroads, we will work with you and your loved one to create a customized treatment plan that addresses their unique health needs.
We screen for any underlying mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD.
We monitor our clients’ vital signs and nutrition as well as their medication intake. We also evaluate for the presence of any medical or physiological conditions.
We discuss the individual’s history of stress, trauma, relationships, and personal self-esteem.
We support our clients’ mind-body-spirit connection, mindfulness practices, and reconnecting with self and others.
Our goal is to help women access long-term, sustainable recovery.
Contact Crossroads to Learn More About Support on National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
At Crossroads, treatment is not a one-size-fits-all approach. We offer a holistic approach to helping women with eating disorders. No two situations or women are the same. Our approach to treating eating disorders may include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior treatment (DBT)
- Trauma therapy
- Family therapy
- Motivational interviewing
Would you like to learn more about the treatment that we offer at Crossroads and how NEDA Week can help support a friend? If so, call us at 877.978.1667 today and speak with our professional and caring treatment team.