Eating disorders occur when an individual’s relationship with food spirals out of control and symptoms usually start sometime in late childhood and early adolescence. Eating disorders can have a significant impact on a child or adolescents mental and physical health and although serious, they are treatable.
Some common symptoms include:
- Restricting food intake
- Binging and purging
- Abuse of laxatives and/or diuretics
- Excessive exercise
- Binging in private
- Distorted body image and/or intense fear of gaining weight
- Social isolation
At Union Square Practice, we provide a compassionate and individualized approach that often includes a combination of psychotherapy, meal support, medication, and parental guidance. Most treatment of eating disorders requires a team approach and we maintain close collaboration with other members of the treatment team.