Anorexia Nervosa & Bulimia

Eating disorders are treatable psychiatric disorders marked by extreme behaviors, beliefs and attitudes concerning food, weight and body image. Eating disorders impact negatively on the quality of life for sufferers and can lead to serious physical health problems if left untreated.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with or shows signs of an eating disorder, Psychiatric Associates can help. We provide timely assessment and care for all types of disordered eating, including overeating, binge eating, emotional eating and any of the other maladaptive eating patterns that affect people’s lives. The primary eating disorders are:

Anorexia Nervosa – Marked by a distorted body image, disordered eating habits, emaciation, fear of gaining weight, purging with laxatives and compulsive exercise, among many other symptoms.

Bulimia Nervosa – A repeated cycle of binge eating followed by purging (by vomiting, laxatives or diuretics) or compulsive exercise or fasting. Like anorexia sufferers, people with bulimia usually have a fear of gaining weight and have distorted body images.

Treatment for eating disorders may include medical care, medication, behavior modification therapy and individual, family or group talk therapy. The board-certified psychiatrists, psychologists and counselors at Psychiatric Associates work together to treat the underlying causes of eating disorders and the mental health problems that often accompany them, such as depression or anxiety. They are experienced with treating these issues and are committed to helping you or your loved one achieve long-term, positive results from eating disorder treatment. They treat people of all ages, including children, teens and adults.

Learn more about anorexia or bulimia by contacting Psychiatric Associates today. Call (319) 356-6352 to schedule an appointment, or use our online Request an Appointment form.

Common Symptoms

Symptoms of an eating disorder may include:

  • Inadequate food intake
  • Excessively thin appearance
  • Binge eating
  • Self esteem that’s overly related to body image
  • Use of laxatives and/or self-induced vomiting to prevent weight gain
  • Obsession with weight and intense fear of weight gain
  • Excessive exercise
  • Social withdrawal