About Eating Disorders

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Montecatini can help you and your loved ones learn about and understand eating disorders.

The incidence of eating disorders is rising and is thought to involve a complex inter-relationship between society’s ideals of beauty, childhood psychological trauma, genetics, and family dynamics. These disorders may result in a range of consequences — from mild disturbance in daily functioning to complete disability and even death.

The acts of binge eating, purging, excessive exercising, or food restrictions may be an unconscious effort to control and cope with internal sources of conflict and stress. The onset of an eating disorder can be triggered by sudden stressful life changes, such as personal loss or illness. Other psychological disorders, such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, substance abuse and addictions are also often associated.

FORTUNATELY, EATING DISORDERS ARE TREATABLE

The first and most important step toward treatment is acknowledging you have a problem. This is often the most difficult step. Initially, an eating disorder may be denied and kept secret due to feelings of shame or a perception that no one will understand their feelings and/or behaviors. By the time it becomes severe and undeniably evident, daily life has become unbearable and many of the medical complications have set in.

Though many treatment modalities exist, there isn’t a definitive standard treatment protocol that is right for everyone. Each individual brings a unique mix of experiences, problems and subtleties that need careful attention. At Montecatini, we provide an individualized, patient-focused and intensive treatment program in a safe and nurturing environment. Our staff are licensed clinicians and includes an Executive Director, Clinical Supervisor, Psychiatrist, Physician, Registered Nurse, Staff Therapists, Registered Dietician, Expressive Arts Therapist, Yoga/Pilates Instructor, and a Body Movement Therapist.

The treatment team uses the entire spectrum of treatment modalities in varying degrees to meet an individual’s particular needs.

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