Getting Help with OSFED
IT’S THE SMALL STEPS
Diagnosis is a big step towards recovery and being diagnosed with OSFED can change your life. Once diagnosed with an eating disorder you have then been given the tools to change the way you think about your habits and behaviors. Though each and every situation is different we know that asking for help can make all the difference in where you end up in the near future.
Diagnosis for OFSED can seem more complicated than some other more often specified eating disorders. Because of the blurred lines that define OSFED, often times people will devalue their own situations or circumstances and then decide against seeking help. We know that this can be a big mistake.
If you have been diagnosed or are witnessing signs or symptoms of OFSED, please don’t hesitate to call us today, we are here to listen.
Examples of signs or diagnoses may include:
- Atypical Anorexia Nervosa where a person’s situation might meet all the criteria of anorexia but weight loss hasn’t passed the threshold of being considered normal.
- Bulimia Nervosa (of low frequency/or limited duration) where a person may be experiencing episodes of lower frequency or limited duration – meaning that behaviors occur less than once per week or have been occurring for less than three months.
- Binge eating disorder (of low frequency/or limited duration) where all criteria is met but also on a lower frequency – less than once a week or for less than three months.
- Purging disorder where a person is experiencing behaviors similar to bulimia nervosa (like self vomiting, misuse of laxatives or diet pills or over-exercising) but doesn’t participate in binge eating.
- NES (Night Eating Syndrome), where a person experiences excessive food consumption after the nighttime meal hours and in some cases are consuming over 25% or more of the daily calories at this time. In some cases, the person may be waking from sleep just to consume these calories.
These types of disorders should be taken just as seriously as others and shouldn’t be considered any less severe than anorexia, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating. Excellent treatment options are available for people diagnosed with EDNOS or OSFED and treatment should be taken seriously.