THERAPISTS IN CHICAGO
For adolescents, millennials and even middle aged adults, going a day without exposure to some form of social media is quite rare. It doesn’t take long to scroll through Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Snap Chat before you’ll encounter pictorial or written content relating to physical appearance, diet or exercise.
BODY IMAGE ISSUES
Sadly, people have become more obsessed than ever before with pursuing a specific physical identity which often involves unhealthy weight and shape ideals. Individuals who appear on popular magazine covers, achieve musical success and are cast in big movie roles often possess what society perceives to be “picture perfect” bodies. As a result, society starts to associate a certain body type (usually a low body weight) with success, popularity and attention. What we often forget is that the individuals portrayed in popular media are often at unhealthily low weights or the pictures are so digitally edited that the images our eyes are bombarded with so often are not even real.
With such intense body image scrutiny, it’s no surprise then that in the United States alone, 20 million women and 10 million men will meet diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder at some time in their lifetime.
While those who suffer from Eating Disorders, such as bulimia and anorexia, are usually born with a genetic predisposition to developing the illness, the media definitely provides a perfect environment for an Eating Disorder to develop.
Eating Disorders impact both thoughts and behaviors.
Typical Eating Disorder Thoughts:
“I hate my body”
“I can’t live with myself if I gain more weight”
“I’m the biggest of all my friends”
“Carbs are bad”
“I want my stomach to be flat”
“Feeling full is bad”
EATING DISORDER SYMPTOMS
Eating Disorder behaviors usually involve actions aimed at altering or obsessively checking one’s weight or shape and often result in negative medical consequences.
Some common examples include: restriction of food intake such as cutting out certain food groups like carbs and fats, eating large amounts of food in a single setting whilst experiencing feelings of loss of control, purging, laxative use, diuretic use, eating in secret, over-exercising, frequent self-weighing, avoidance of mirrors or spending long periods of time in the mirror measuring and scrutinizing certain body parts.
Eating Disorders do not discriminate – they present in both males and females, across all cultures and ages. They frequently begin during middle school and high school especially around the age of puberty. However, many individuals are not aware that their behaviors are disordered and might only seek treatment for the first time during adulthood.
It’s imperative to seek eating disorder treatment due to its dangerous medical consequences such as osteoporosis, heart failure, kidney problems, esophageal tears and infertility.
CHICAGO EATING DISORDER SPECIALISTS
If you need an Eating Disorder therapist in Chicago, look no further than Cityscape Counseling. Our therapists have many years of experience treating Eating Disorders of all types at different levels of care.
Cityscape Counseling is ideal for individuals seeking an Eating Disorders therapist in Chicago for all stages of the Eating Disorder support, treatment, or recovery phase such as those who need outpatient treatment:
following a step down from a higher level of care treatment center
to support an individual whilst they are receiving treatment in a higher level of care setting
for individuals who will be addressing their eating disorders for the first time and need motivation for a higher level of care
Cityscape Counseling can also perform structured interviews (Eating Disorder Examination) to provide a formal diagnosis, eating pathology scores and recommendations for treatment.
At the outpatient level, treatment includes referral and collaboration with dietitians, physicians, psychiatrists & treatment centers.
Outpatient Psychotherapy treatment can include:
In-session Meal Support
Family-based treatment/Maudsley Method for adolescents and children living with their families
Cityscape Counseling is located in downtown Chicago. We also welcome and serve clients in the surrounding areas such as River North, Lincoln Park, Lake View, Logan Square, Wicker Park, and Bucktown.