Many women suffering from eating disorders feel that they are alone. No one seems to understand what they are going through or the challenges they’re facing. Fortunately, this belief is simply untrue. With the help of a women’s eating disorder treatment program, you can work with other women to overcome this condition and grow into who you want to become. There’s no better time to do this than during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. This unique week, which takes place during the week of February 22, shines a spotlight on the challenges those battling eating disorders must overcome. To learn about this special week or enroll in our eating disorder treatment program, reach out to Crossroads Maine today by calling 877.978.1667.
What Is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week?
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is a seven day period of time the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) has designated to educate people about eating disorders. During this time, experts are spreading hopeful messages for those battling eating disorders and providing lifesaving resources to those struggling with these conditions.
In 2021, the NEDA has created the theme, “We Invite Every Body to Have a Seat at the Table.” Today, there are more marginalized communities than ever, and many don’t get the representation or support they need from the mental health community. As a result, the NEDA encourages conversations challenging the biases and learning from other peoples’ points of view about eating disorders.
It doesn’t matter what your background is, whether you’ve never sought treatment before, or if this is your third or fourth time seeking treatment. At Crossroads Maine, we encourage you to participate in the discussion and get treatment if necessary. Doing so could save your life.
Do You Have an Eating Disorder?
Because there are a wide array of eating disorders, the symptoms that indicate their condition varies from person to person. As a result, if you suspect you or someone you love might have an eating disorder, it is nearly always best to reach out to an eating disorder treatment program. Expert clinicians can determine whether you or your loved one has an eating disorder, how severe it is, and what treatment options can help address the problem. They can then help you develop a plan that will help identify the condition’s root causes and give you the tools to fight back. If you suspect you or someone you love has an eating disorder, you may want to look out for symptoms such as:
- Changes in behaviors and attitudes that indicate food and weight loss are becoming a person’s primary focus.
- Refusing to eat specific foods for no apparent reason or labeling certain foods as “bad.”
- Sudden weight loss or gain.
- Not wanting to eat around friends or family members.
- Skipping meals or taking unusually small portions.
It’s vital to remember that when someone has an eating disorder, it isn’t their fault. Eating disorders are severe mental health conditions. Therefore, just as you wouldn’t blame someone for getting cancer or diabetes, you also should not blame your loved one for their eating disorder. Instead, focus on getting her the help she needs. Doing so can empower your loved one as she moves into the future with grace and confidence.
Contact Crossroads Maine
At Crossroads Maine, we’re committed to your long-term recovery. Whether you’re seeking treatment for yourself or someone you love, we want to help. Take NEDA’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week as an opportunity to get the support you need. Our team will develop an individualized treatment program based on your unique needs, which may include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Group therapy
- Trauma therapy