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Eating disorders can take many different forms. Learning to understand what you are experiencing and your own mental health issues better is essential. Asking for help can be difficult; know that you are not alone. Here are a few different warning signs to look for when trying to determine if you should seek professional support.

Excessive Fear of Weight Gain

Do you excessively keep track of the number you see on the scale? When that number fluctuates, do you find yourself anxious or stressed out? If you find that the number on the scale has gone up, how do you respond? Many people keep track of their weight. When that tracking begins to impact your daily life and your health, it can be helpful to explore your issues on a deeper level with the support of a mental health professional.

Obsessive Exercise

Exercise can be great for your physical and mental health. Having goals and creating routines can benefit many different areas of your life. However, obsessive exercise that focuses on weight loss can be dangerous. If you are obsessively focusing on exercise as a way to burn calories and lose weight, work with a mental health professional to better understand that obsession and how to turn exercise into a healthy aspect of your life.

Limiting Calories or Restrictive Eating

If you find yourself limiting or restricting what you eat, take a moment and analyze why you are doing this. Many people pursue diets. However, even dieting needs to be done in specific ways in order to maintain your health. Work with a nutritionist to create a meal plan that focuses on your weight-loss goals while incorporating health and wellness.

Physical Changes or Struggles

If you have noticed your health has been negatively impacted by your eating habits, reach out for professional support. Eating disorders are extremely dangerous both physically and mentally. Be open and honest about anything you may be experiencing. The more honest you can be about your physical health, the better doctors and mental health professionals will be able to help you.

Eating disorders can be extremely dangerous. Knowing when to seek help is essential. If you find yourself obsessively watching the number on the scale, or exercising excessively, then it may be time to work with a professional to understand your behavior better. Restrictive eating or intake of calories, along with physical complications, may be signs that you need to reach out for help. Here at The Guest House, we are ready to help you better understand your mental health in order to create healthy long-term goals. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 to learn more about our treatment options.