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Eating Disorders Treatment

Eating disorders have reached epidemic levels in America. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Eating Disorders (, seven to ten million women and one million men are affected by eating disorders. These illnesses can be lethal if they remain untreated. Eighty six percent report the onset of the eating disorder by age twenty with seventy seven percent reporting that eating problems can last up to fifteen years.

There are three main eating disorders:

The Ten Warning Signs of Anorexia Nervosa

  • Deliberate self starvation with weight loss
  • Intense, persistent fear of gaining weight
  • Refusal to eat or highly restricted eating
  • Continuous dieting
  • Excessive facial/body hair because of inadequate protein in the diet
  • Compulsive exercise
  • Abnormal weight loss
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Absent or irregular menstruation
  • Hair loss

The Seven Warning Signs of Bulimia Nervosa

  • Preoccupation with food
  • Binge eating, usually in secret
  • Vomiting after binging
  • Abuse of laxatives, diuretics, diet pills
  • Denial of hunger or drugs to induce vomiting
  • Compulsive exercising
  • Swollen salivary glands
  • Broken blood vessels in the eyes
  • Binge Eating Disorder

The Eleven Warning Signs of Binge Eating Disorder

  • Frequent episodes of eating what others consider an abnormally large amount of food
  • Frequent feelings of being unable to control what or how much is being eaten
  • Eating much more rapidly than usual
  • Eating until uncomfortably full
  • Eating large amounts of food, even when not physically hungry
  • Eating alone out of embarrassment at the quantity of food being eaten
  • Feelings of disgust, depression, or guilt after overeating
  • Fluctuations in weight
  • Feelings of low self esteem
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Frequent dieting

At Gearing Up! we specialize in helping women regain control over their eating habits through the use of cognitive behavioral therapy. After a thorough assessment of your personality and history, we focus on increasing motivation, improving your body image, adhering to safe meal plans (with the nutritionist), calming and focusing skills, anxiety reduction skills, and weight management (with your physician). We then focus on cognitive behavioral therapy that includes cognitive restructuring, negative beliefs and thinking, using response cards to defeat negative thinking and establish more realistic explanations of stress and much more.

Since eating disorders have the highest rates of mortality of any psychiatric illness, we work closely with your physician to ensure your progress and safety. A careful collaboration between your physician, nutritionist, our counselors, and your family ensures the best outcome and sustained success.

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The Hardships of Caregivers

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Learned Helplessness and Money

Money problems can make you feel endlessly helpless as American culture equates success with money. Spending can be addictive while excessive thrift can be oppressive to others.

You will learn:

  • Your Money Issues Did Not Happen Overnight: You will learn to challenge your negative thinking about money as you learn better self-management skills of your thoughts, emotions and reactions.
  • Three easy steps to shutting off the money panic.
  • Runaway Train: How to approach a budget with your partner without wrecking your relationship
  • Overspending: What It Is, What It is Not and the Guaranteed Steps to Overcoming It.
  • Achieving Success: Strategies for Emotional Calm and Continued Money Management as a Team

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