There are many reasons an individual may develop an eating disorder over time, though the physical and mental symptoms are synonymous with most cases. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, “At least 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S.” With nearly 10 percent of the United States’ population experiencing an eating disorder at some point in their life, you can begin to see just how serious this condition is for many individuals.

At Long Island Counseling, we are highly qualified in helping patients across a broad spectrum and specialize in therapy methods such as couples and individual therapy, sex therapy, marriage counseling, and so much more. With over 20 years of experience in helping both couples and individuals, Long Island Counseling is equipped with the proper tools to assist a wide variety of those requiring treatment. If you would like to learn more about our full range of therapies offered, visit our website today or call our knowledgeable staff to schedule an appointment.

Eating Disorder Statistics and How to Get Help

Though many choose to keep their eating disorder a secret, there are countless ways in which trained physicians and psychotherapists can help rehabilitate an individual’s health and well being back to its optimal state. ANRED, an Anorexia and eating disorder information-driven database highlighted the seriousness of eating disorders in stating that, “Without treatment, up to twenty percent of people with serious eating disorders die. With treatment, that number falls to two to three percent.” Even more telling, a recent psychiatry report titled, “Epidemiology of Eating Disorders: Incidence, Prevalence and Mortality Rates” reported that, “Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness,” and that “Every 62 minutes, at least one person dies as a direct result from an eating disorder.” The statistics listed above are often understated and should be seen as a widespread and serious problem.

As Such, You Should Seek Help If:

  • You are suffering from depression or are experiencing suicidal thoughts
  • There are physical symptoms involved such as weakness or fatigue
  • You are currently self-harming as a form of coping
  • Other methods of care have been ineffective in treating your eating disorder

Eating disorders can do far more physical harm to one’s body than many would think. Repeated binging and purging can lead to physical electrolyte imbalances which may lead to further complications involving the body’s bone structure and organs. When taken into account that only 1 in 10 people with eating disorders actually receive treatment, it becomes even more apparent that an eating disorder should be seen as a serious mental illness that requires treatment.

Long Island Counseling has helped people of all kinds receive the proper therapy they require to restore their well being, while providing the necessary tools to help regain empowerment in patients’ daily lives. If you live in Douglaston or its surrounding areas, and feel like you could benefit from any of our offered therapy sessions, contact us today to learn more. We are knowledgeable and qualified, and tailor patient-specific treatment plans based on the needs of all individuals. Call us today to get started.