A Lasting Cure For Eating Disorders

Once a person is diagnosed with an eating disorder, the initial priority is to cure the physical symptoms. After the physiologic imbalance has been treated, the doctor must ensure that any relapses to the previous state are avoided.

That is why the main treatment for eating disorders (and other psychological illnesses for that matter) is therapy. The most common therapy undergone by patients with eating disorders is the cognitive behavioral therapy, which is getting better as the method improves. This therapy helps the patient in two ways–one, it helps the patient develop healthier eating habits; and two, it increases the self-esteem of the patient.

Recent studies show that cognitive behavioral therapy has promising results on patients suffering from anorexia and bulimia. This treatment can be done on an outpatient basis, thereby reducing the need for the patients to be admitted inside an institution. Moreover, this provides a long term solution to the problem of eating disorders, since it seeks to cure the root of the problem (that is, low self-esteem), and not just the surface.

Eating Disorder Self Test. Take the EAT-26 self test to see if you might have eating disorder symptoms that might require professional evaluation. All answers are confidential.

Find a Treatment Facility Near You

Click on a state below to find eating disorder treatment options that could be right for you.

How our helpline works

For those seeking addiction treatment for themselves or a loved one, the EatingDisorders.com helpline is a private and convenient solution.

Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) for your visit will be answered by American Addiction Centers (AAC).

We are standing by 24/7 to discuss your treatment options. Our representatives work solely for AAC and will discuss whether an AAC facility may be an option for you. Our helpline is offered at no cost to you and with no obligation to enter into treatment. Neither EatingDisorders.com nor AAC receives any commission or other fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a visitor may ultimately choose.

For more information on AAC’s commitment to ethical marketing and treatment practices, or to learn more about how to select a treatment provider, visit our About AAC page. If you wish to explore additional treatment options or connect with a specific rehab center, you can browse top-rated listings or visit SAMHSA.