Treatment in Toronto
Binge Eating Questions...
How do I know if I have binge eating disorder?
A general rule of thumb is that if food has become intrusive in your life, it’s moved into the category of disordered. If you feel out of control or like you can’t trust yourself with food, if you
frequently feel ashamed or disgusted with yourself, if you’re thinking about food a lot of the time, if you are constantly trying to manipulate your diet, promising yourself that tomorrow will be different or today will be the last time, it’s a good idea to get help.
What happens in treatment for binge eating disorder?
In treatment, you will work through the underlying emotional causes at the same time as you’re working on nutrition and your relationship with food. Both pieces happen together so that you can understand the role your eating disorder plays, learn new coping strategies while interrupting food symptoms. In addition, we will address any accompanying emotional factors (depression, anxiety, etc.) that you may be experiencing with pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical options and screen for any physical causes that could be contributing.
Will you help me lose weight?
Weight loss isn’t the focal point of binge eating disorder treatment but often during the recovery process, weight loss happens. When an eating disorder is present, any attempts at weight loss can feel restrictive, like punishment or require you to deprive yourself, which are all things we want to avoid. Once the eating disorder is stable and your relationship with food is healthy, the focus can shift onto weight loss.
How long does treatment take?
It can take quite a long time, sometimes years. But movement forwards can happen quickly and symptoms can also stop quickly. It’s really different for everyone. Recovery is never static, so no matter how long it takes, you’re always moving and growing.
At BeWell, we believe in integrative, collaborative care in a medical setting and that’s why we have a full team of Medical Professionals under one roof.
individualized based on your specific needs
our focus will be split equally between food/nutrition, your physical health and your emotional health
options for both pharmaceutical or non-pharmaceutical treatment plans based on what you are most comfortable with
treatment can start and stop at any time and we don’t require a referral
all treatment is out-patient and the frequency of visits is usually 1-2 times each week
At the first visit, which is 60 minutes long, you will go through a thorough history of your eating disorder as well as all of the important areas of your health that are affected, like digestion, hormones, anxiety, mood, energy levels, sleep, etc. You will have blood work done to assess your physical health and also possibly discover imbalances with hormones or nutrients that could be contributing to your eating disorder.
Your Clinician will work with you to determine a plan works for you and what you need. Follow up visits range from 30 minutes - 1 hour and are typically scheduled weekly.
This assessment gives us a detailed picture of your current health; specialized tests assess your vitamin, mineral and hormone levels along with your digestive flora and health. We identify deficiencies and irregularities presented with symptoms that mirror mental health conditions. We are able to order:
* Routine blood work + specialized blood work
* Micronutrient levels
* Adrenal panels
* Hormone panels
* Stool analysis
* Fatty acid profile
Supplements + Tinctures
In addition to pharmaceuticals, you may be prescribed supplements or tinctures. Supplements, or nutraceuticals, are high dose micronutrients for a pharmacological effect. They surpass the levels accessible by food/diet, and work alone or with other nutraceuticals/pharmaceuticals for greater and safe symptomatic relief.
Tinctures are liquid herbs originally derived from plants. As botanicals, these are gentler than their medication counterparts, without side effects and with multiple medicinal qualities from the multiple active compounds found within a single plant.
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