Eating Disorders Specialist

Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center

Psychiatric Clinic located in Las Vegas, NV

Eating disorders are serious mental health conditions that affect emotional, social, and physical well-being. Taking a holistic approach to care, the team at Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and dynamic action plans that focus on overall health and wellness for those struggling with eating disorders. To schedule an evaluation, call the office in Las Vegas, Nevada, or book an appointment online today.

Eating Disorders Q & A

What are eating disorders?

Though often perceived as a lifestyle choice, eating disorders are a serious mental health condition. Eating disorders involve disturbed eating behaviors that negatively affect a person’s mental, emotional, and physical health. 

People with eating disorders eat much less or much more than their body needs. These eating behaviors affect their ability to adequately meet their nutritional needs, which may lead to long-term health complications. 

Whether for you or someone you love, it’s important to get help early. People with eating disorders are at greater risk of suicide and the development of long-term health complications.

What are the types of eating disorders?

There are many types of eating disorders. The most common include:

Anorexia nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is a potentially life-threatening eating disorder that causes a distorted perception of weight and body shape and an intense fear of weight gain. 

People with anorexia nervosa severely limit food intake and may exercise excessively, vomit after eating, or abuse laxatives to prevent weight gain or promote weight loss even when they’re severely underweight. 

Bulimia nervosa

Bulimia nervosa or bulimia is a binge-purge eating disorder. People with bulimia eat large quantities of food over a short period of time, feeling as though they have no control over their eating behavior. 

Then, they purge by vomiting, exercising excessively, abusing laxatives or diuretics, or fasting.  

Binge-eating disorder (BED)

BED is a type of eating disorder that causes out-of-control eating. People with BED eat large amounts of food over a set period of time, often to the point of physical discomfort. After a binge, they feel guilt, shame, and distress.

BED is the most common eating disorder in the United States. 

What happens at a psychiatric evaluation for eating disorders?

The team at Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center takes a holistic approach to care and conducts a thorough psychiatric evaluation when you come in with symptoms of an eating disorder.

The goal of the psychiatric evaluation is to assess your emotional, mental, and cognitive well-being, as well as formulate an accurate diagnosis. The team may also conduct a physical exam to assess general health and wellness.

How are eating disorders treated?

Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center creates individualized treatment plans for eating disorders.

Your plan may include:

  • Individual, group, or family counseling
  • Medication
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Medical care and monitoring

The psychiatric team at Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center works closely with all your health care providers to ensure continuity of care.

For comprehensive care, call Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center, or book an appointment online today.