El Cajon, CA
According to California’s Department of Mental Health, San Diego County is home to more than 2.8 million residents. Of these, more than 180,000 are struggling with a serious emotional disturbance (SED) or serious mental illness (SMI), about 6.41 percent.
Included in this 6.41 percent are families in El Cajon, California struggling with mental health disorders, including eating disorders like anorexia, binge eating and bulimia. The good news? Treatment is easily accessible, especially for those who contact us at the phone number listed above.
Both Teens and Adults Struggle With Eating Disorders
One of the best ways to address the issue when eating disorders strike is to include parents and teens in a family therapy session. The more active family members are in helping their afflicted loved one, the more likely they are to recover. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), these sessions can address issues such as:
- Weight restoration. It’s impossible to avoid eating and stay alive. It’s also impossible to continue eating at a starvation level and maintain healthy organ function. Learning how to return to a healthy weight is important for the patient, and it’s also important for family members to learn how to support their loved one without judgment or criticism.
- Allowing the patient to control their food intake. Though family members may feel compelled to micromanage the eating of their afflicted loved one, it is necessary for the patient to take responsibility for her own eating habits.
- Addressing underlying psychological issues. Dysfunctional eating habits often come from issues with self-esteem, identity, abuse and/or trauma. Working through those issues and learning how to cope with the negative aspects in a healthful manner is essential to long-term recovery.
Find Treatment for Eating Disorders and Mental Health Issues When You Call Today
Mental health treatment for eating disorders is accessible to El Cajon, CA families. Call now to discuss your options and begin the healing process for your family.