Help for an eating disorder begins with the proper diagnosis and approach to treatment
When it comes to eating disorders and other body image related struggles it’s important to get the facts. As you know, there are a number of related expressions that are NOT about teen weight or even about food but they are signs of something much more challenging. With the proper information, and help you can overcome this challenge and deserve to do so!
“Carrie Armstrong, a TV presenter from Newcastle, became orthorexic after a bout of illness that had left her unable to walk. The doctors had told her that in time she would recover, but Armstrong wanted to do everything she could to move things along. “The only thing I could control was what I put in my mouth,” she says. “You get a physical high from restriction – I was craving purity. I cut out meat, then dairy. I went vegan, but I wasn’t seeing the miraculous results I’d expected. So, I switched to a raw food diet, then just fruit. By the end I was only eating organic melon. I was six stone, my teeth were crumbling and my hair was falling out.”
But despite the increase in orthorexic patients and our constant fetishization of healthy food, doctors can’t officially diagnose orthorexia as a disease. This is because orthorexia hasn’t been accepted into the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). The DSM is the official manual that doctors use to diagnose patients with mental disorders. Because of this, it isn’t uncommon for orthorexic patients to go years without being diagnosed as having an eating disorder. And while the media has made orthorexia look like it’s on the verge of being accepted into the DSM, the truth is the disease is nowhere near that point.