Do I have eating disorder?
Types of eating disorders:
- bulimia nervosa
- anorexia nervosa
- binge eating disorder
- AFRID (avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder)
Eating disorders are a severe condition that befalls more people than we could imagine. That is why noticing your own eating habits and close friends is essential to detect a disorder in its initial stages.
Despite what the media would let you believe, anorexia is not the only type of eating disorder people suffer from. Unfortunately, how these issues are depicted in movies and TV shows only underwhelms and informs the general population.
Bulimia is often shown as a symptom of anorexia, but this is a separate disorder. In fact, people who have bulimia are not even underweight most of the time. Therefore, you cannot simply judge a person’s eating behavior by how much they weigh.
Binge eating and AFRID are not even mentioned as disorders, but they certainly are! We should pay more attention to mental and physical disorder types to determine the early signs and help find professional help.
And we need help from outside in any case. Whether it’s the support of relatives, therapy at a psychologist’s office, a medical worker examinations, etc., you can hardly deal with such a problem on your own.
Is This Eating Disorder Quiz Accurate?
It’s as accurate as an online quiz can be. Neither of us is a medical professional and can diagnose a person. Just as with the Do I Have Trypophobia quiz that is not diagnostic.
This quiz is mostly meant to show you whether you show any signs that could be considered symptoms of an eating disorder. If you display a fair share of them, you’ll be told so in the end. Take this as a nudge to review your habits and speak with a professional if you find that, yes, food controls you and not the other way around.
I sincerely hope that you consult a professional before taking some drastic measures. Also, if you don’t believe in the accuracy of results, take notes of your behavior the next few days, speak with your family and friends.
How Are Eating Disorders Treated?
First of all, you’ll need an official evaluation by a certified expert before you can start the treatment. There are undoubtedly various ways of treating eating disorders, depending on their type and severity.
Many behavioral programs primarily focus on therapy sessions. They may be group sessions or individual visits, depending on what treatment you choose.
Of course, there is a possibility of medical drug treatment. Plus, many patients who are overweight and underweight require additional hospitalization or regular treatments in the hospital. Considering that eating disorders often accompany depression, you may be prescribed antidepressants for that as well.
However, the most important part of any treatment is the moral support of family and friends. When you have such a strong “cheerleading squad” that really cares about you, any problem seems easier to overcome. And your cooperation is strongly advised.
With that correlation in mind, I can recommend the following quiz as well: Am I Depressed?