When to Seek Treatment

Do I Need Treatment?

Sometimes it’s Hard to Know When Treatment is Necessary

If you are wondering whether or not you may be struggling with an eating disorder, or others in your life are expressing concern, we urge you to take stock to see if these questions have merit.

Oftentimes, even if you suspect you have an eating disorder, you may think you can manage it on your own or it’s not that serious. That’s the challenge with eating disorders, they can do the thinking for you, clouding your ability to truly gauge your wellness.

Signs that You May Have an Eating Disorder

A general rule of thumb is to seek help at the first signs of concern. Early intervention can be highly successful. There are some red flags that indicate a consultation is a good idea.

Take a free Eating Disorder Evaluation

This evaluation can help determine if you or a loved one may benefit from consulting with an eating disorder professional.

  • Preoccupation with food, calories, cooking, weight, or exercise
  • Frequent weighing
  • Uncontrollable binging to the point of feeling sick
  • Frequent fad dieting
  • Lying about or hiding what you eat
  • Sleeping difficulties or insomnia
  • Dizzy spells, fainting, or blackouts
  • Perpetually feeling cold
  • Unusually swollen or puffy cheeks
  • Confusion or fear of emotions
  • Missing school or work because of feeling fat
  • Rigidly eating the same foods
  • Working out when injured or sick
  • Declining social engagements to exercise
  • Compulsively exercising or not exercising at all
  • Losing interest in things you used to enjoy
  • Purchasing clothing based on size instead of fit
  • Cooking for others but not for yourself
  • Allowing weight to determine the day’s mood, success, or failure
  • Avoiding eating with others
  • Feeling guilty, shameful, or disgusted after you eat
  • Frequently comparing your body size and shape to others
  • Drastic weight fluctuations over short periods of time
  • Preoccupation with the eating behaviors of others
  • Experiencing menstrual irregularities
  • Eating to relieve stress or depression
  • Self-induced vomiting
  • Abusing laxatives
  • Abusing diuretics
  • Increasing isolation
  • Losing hair

Depending on the intensity of eating disorder treatment intervention required, clients may receive up to 6 individual sessions per week with their therapist, dietitian and doctors.

Evidence-based Treatment

We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of eating disorder research. We use evidence-based treatment modalities to create a comprehensive treatment program catered to each individual client, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Eating Disorders
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

Please Request a Consultation

If you think you may be struggling with an eating disorder, the most important next step is to get assessed by an eating disorder specialist. Please call us today at 866.482.3876 for a free, no obligation consultation. And if you do require treatment, our specialists will work with you to identify the appropriate level of care and location that’s right for you. We are here for you every step along the way—it all starts with a call.

Preferred In-Network Provider for All Major Health Insurance

Preferred In-Network Provider for All Major Health Insurance

  • I was sent to [Center for Discovery], an all women's eating disorder treatment facility, and I was terrified to go. I was told I would be there for a month and would return home after that. I ended staying there for almost 3 months, and I can honestly say I am beyond thankful for my time there. I learned so much and they helped me find myself and get over my traumas and learn to cope with issues that I was having. All the staff was super helpful and had my best interest at heart. I may have not liked all of them, but I knew they wanted what was best for me. Even after my insurance run out, the therapist I was working with arranged for me to go to another center to continue my treatment because I was not ready to come home. I highly recommend getting help with Center for Discovery. They truly care!
    Rebecca S
  • I was at [Center for Discovery] for 6 weeks. I'm from Ohio and being so far away from home was hard. The staff made me feel super comfortable and cared for, making my stay much more manageable. The program was very individualized. They worked hard to make sure my specific needs were met and that my specific behaviors were addressed. This is a top notch facility with incredibly caring staff. Not only were the house staff wonderful, but everyone from admissions to the medical director worked hard to make sure I knew what was going on. This is a wonderful company who are true to what they say. They gave me my life back. I'm someone who has been in and out of treatment for my eating disorder and this program was by far the best. I feel so optimistic about my future. The progress I made there was life changing and I will be forever grateful. I recommend this program to anyone who is serious, willing, and ready to get better.
    Natalie F
  • I was surprised by my parents with the option of going to get help for my eating disorder and overall unhealthy lifestyle. I so badly wanted to get help, but was too ashamed. After talking to my mom I agreed to at least talk to someone from Center for Discoveryabout what program I would be in and what it would be like. The gal was super helpful, kind, and did not make me feel like I was the only person who suffered from what I did. She was very patient with me and overall helped out our family with the process of insurance and costs and what not. As for the actual facility I stayed at, it was a great experience.
    Rebecca S
  • We had our son in an acute care hospital and the social worker recommended the Center for Discovery. Before our son was discharged, my wife and I met with the staff and toured the facility. We were impressed by the staff and how the program was structured. Our son was there 6 weeks. It was a game changer and now we feel our son left with a good base of skills that he has continued to use. We now feel our son can leave a normal type life and not have to worry that he may need to live in a group home setting as an adult. We can't say enough for the help and support we received from the entire staff at the Center for Discovery. When we were considering the facility we did some reviews on line. Some weren't overly positive, but most were and we feel that it was a very positive experience for our son and our family. Even our son now admits that he learned some great skills and that his time at Center for Discovery turned his life around.
    John W
    Parent of Alumni

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