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Eating Disorder Treatment for High-Achieving Women

You are not alone. Approximately 65% of adult women report having disordered eating behaviors, and 10% report symptoms of anorexia, bulimia, or binge-eating disorders. This means that 75% of American women have unhealthy thoughts, feelings, or behaviors related to food or their body.

If you would like help with some form of disordered eating that is limiting your ability to enjoy life: keep reading. Help is available.

We so often think to ourselves: “you’ll never be happy until you lose weight,” or “your worth is measured by how you look.” But the truth is that disordered eating has very little to do with food or weight. They represent symptoms of something deeper—depression, anxiety, loneliness, insecurity, pressure to be perfect, or feeling out of control. These are things that no amount of dieting, weight loss, or worry about food can cure. 
Eating disorders are complex and are rooted in biological, genetic, psychological, and social issues. Eating disorders are exacerbated by emotional regulation issues and disconnection from others.  

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Eating Disorders in High-functioning Adults

High-functioning women—mothers, professionals, those in positions of authority—often exhibit dysfunctional eating but may also be very good at hiding it. In general, adults with eating disorders are less likely to be confronted by the people around them. This is even more pronounced among high-achieving women: disordered eating may continue 'under the radar' more prolonged, but the behaviors have the same negative impact on your health and emotional well-being, as well as that of those you love. Women suffering from eating disorders often suffer from other conditions, such as anxiety and depression. 

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is characterized by restricted food intake, significant fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, and disturbance in self-perceived weight or shape. Individuals who suffer from anorexia often exhibit traits like perfectionism and risk avoidance; unfortunately, these are the very same traits that often contribute to women’s success in the workplace and elsewhere. 

Bulimia

Bulimia is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating. Symptoms include eating large quantities of food in short periods and purging behaviors to compensate for over-eating. Resulting in self-evaluation that is highly influenced by body shape and weight. Those with bulimia may share similar characteristics to those with anorexia, but some also exhibit ‘novelty-seeking behaviors,’ such as drug or alcohol abuse. 

Treatments for Eating Disorders

Zackson Psychology Group takes a holistic approach to treating the whole person. We take into account the biological, social, and cultural contexts of each individual. We utilize evidence-based practices and focus on the interplay between emotional regulation and healthy interpersonal relationships. We will provide guidance on how to regulate charged emotional experiences and situations. Our expert clinicians will help you increase your ability to tolerate distressing emotions and decrease the need to resort to disordered eating patterns. Most importantly, we will help you enhance your self-esteem, self-empathy, and self-love.  

We appreciate that accomplished adults often face the same eating struggles as adolescents, which is when disordered eating typically begins. Indeed, eating disorders usually first emerge at a younger age, but the disorder usually flares up again later in life during times of stress. Stress can include anything from marital problems, childbirth, children, financial stressors, or life transitions. 

Specialized Training

We have specialized training to reduce the symptoms, treat the underlying causes of eating disorders, and ensure long-term treatment success. Women sometimes have a more challenging time asking for help and often feel guilty. But if you are struggling with these issues, we can help you discover the triggers in your life and work with you to find healthier ways to cope.

Zackson Psychology Group expert clinicians are passionate about this issue. Our breadth and depth of experience with women and disordered eating give us a unique understanding of what it’s like to struggle with this issue, and we know recovery is possible. We offer empathy and understanding, as well as clinical expertise. 

You no longer have to struggle alone. Together, we can start this journey of healing and recovery. You deserve a life of hope, health, and happiness!

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