Eating Disorders Specialist

Mindful Urgent Care

Psychiatrists located in West Hempstead, NY & Midtown, NoMad, NY

Eating Disorders Q & A

How we will help you with eating disorders

“I see my body as fat and repulsive.”

“I eat when I don’t feel like I can handle the world anymore.”

“Puking helps me feel better about myself and more in control of my life.”

Are you or your loved ones concerned you may have an eating disorder? At Mindful Urgent Care, our team of compassionate mental health professionals will provide you with treatment the very day you choose to ask for help. You will be invited in to a comfortable front office, with relaxing music and refreshments, helping you feel at ease while taking that all-important first step.

Your first visit

You will see a psychiatric medical provider on your first visit, who will assess and work with you to diagnose the problem. They will help you understand how you use fasting or eating as a coping mechanism, and why. They will prescribe medication to reduce your symptoms, and will recommend a treatment plan personalized to suit your needs. This will include referrals for any care necessary due to the physical impact of the disorder. We recommend weekly therapy as a supplement to our care, and will provide referrals to the best providers available. There you will get to the emotional roots of the disorder, in addition to learning skills to regulate your emotions and urges.

We’re with you all the way

After two weeks, you will have a follow-up appointment with your clinician to assess how the treatment plan is progressing, followed by a further assessment a month later. By that point, you are likely to have gained increased mental stability and improved physical health, allowing you to function at a more optimal level without the distress caused by the disorder. You will continue with monthly follow-up visits to evaluate your progress and adjust medication if necessary. Through all of your challenges, setbacks, achievements, and victories, the team at Mindful Urgent Care will be by your side.

If you may be suffering from an eating disorder, call Mindful Urgent Care or schedule a consultation online today.

What is an eating disorder?

“Every day I looked in the mirror I see someone repulsive. No one would ever want to be with me someone as disgusting as me. I decided that if I was thinner than all the other girls I knew, people would start to see me as desirable. I stopped eating meals, only occasionally nibbling on a snack, and by the time I got treatment, I was severely malnourished.”

Eating disorders are confusing for many people. We all go through periods when we eat a too much unhealthy food. Many people even have phases in which they skip meals when they're focused on a goal. These habits may be unhealthy, but don’t signify any deeper problem. Eating disorders, however, aren’t really about the food at all.

If you're struggling with an eating disorder, you'll have some understanding of this. Regulating how much you eat, as well as purging, can give you a semblance of control. Overeating can temporarily fill the hole left by loss or a lack of care. Maybe you have problems with your body image as well.

There are different types of eating disorders.

Anorexia

Someone with anorexia nervosa struggles with a distorted body image, believing their bodies to be repulsive or overweight even when severely underweight. While many people want to lose weight and go on restrictive diets to do so, losing weight becomes a compulsion when you're suffering from anorexia. You are not making the choice to consume a healthier diet, but rather doing what you imagine it takes to ensure you lose weight, even if that leaves your body malnourished.

Anorexia can be dangerous, and even fatal, if left untreated. However, with treatment at Mindful Urgent Care, you will learn to see your body as it really is and make healthy choices towards living a balanced life.

Bulimia

If you're suffering from bulimia nervosa, you may regularly binge on large quantities of food. However, after binging, you purge by throwing up, laxatives, or fasting for a period of time. Alternatively, you may use excessive exercise to try and rid yourself of the effects of binge eating.

Bulimia can also be dangerous or fatal. You can damage your gastrointestinal tract, or develop a range of conditions caused by malnourishment. With Mindful Urgent Care, you will return to a balanced, healthy lifestyle, with therapy, medication, and holistic lifestyle guidance.

Binge eating disorder

Binge eating is the most common eating disorder in the US. If you regularly binge eat, feeling unable to control yourself, you are certainly not alone. After binge eating, you may feel tremendous shame and guilt, and even revulsion.

Binge eating disorder can lead to a range of health problems, along with the difficult emotions that follow binging. At Mindful, your psychiatrist will help you explore the roots of the disorder and map out a treatment plan to put you on the path to a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

How are eating disorders treated?

Eating disorders are treated differently according to the disorder. Often, treatment needs to take into account the ill-effects of the disorder on your body. Therefore, psychiatric medication and therapies need to be provided in concord with physical treatment.

Come to Mindful Urgent Care and transform your relationship with food and your body.