Eating Disorders: Symptoms and Treatment at VR Therapy
Whether you find that you are frequently binge eating, or that you are not eating enough to stay healthy, eating disorders can have serious implications for your health and well-being. While popular media may tend to attribute a single cause, such as societal trends, to eating disorders, in reality they are just as complex as other disorders and illnesses, if not more so. Also like other illnesses, eating disorders are varied and can affect males, children, and adults, even though they are most commonly diagnosed in young females. Because of possible health concerns, if you are worried that you may have an eating disorder, even if it does not seem to fit the common portrayal in media, it is worth having a licensed professional help you determine what help you may need in order to move forward with your life.
For a comprehensive description of Eating Disorders and their symptoms, please visit the National Institute of Mental Health's page on eating disorders: NIMH Eating Disorders
How VR Therapy can help with Eating Disorders
As we begin our work with you at VR Therapy, we will first spend time learning about you and everything that may have contributed to your present situation. We will also work closely with your physician, or help you find a physician, in order to ensure your health and safety above all else. A treatment plan will then be built around your specific needs, and because it has been shown to be effective with several types of eating disorder, it may include a family-based therapeutic approach combined with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Overall, your plan will be designed to help you develop healthier habits, as well as maintain a healthy weight.
Depending on your specific needs, our virtual reality (VR) system may be used to address specific aspects of your treatment program. VR techniques have been especially effective in addressing distortions in body image. For instance, if you and your therapist find that you are having difficulty accurately perceiving your body image, virtual scenarios may be developed to specifically help you modify how you view your body. As research continues in this area, VR Therapy will use the latest findings to provide you with the most effective approach to whatever challenges you may be facing in your life.