“Eating disorders are serious mental health disorders that require treatment. It’s important for people to recognize the signs and symptoms of eating disorders as early intervention significantly increases the likelihood of recovery.
St. Louis, Missouri (PRWEB) February 22, 2016
Castlewood Treatment Centers is a proud sponsor of Screening for Mental Health’s National Eating Disorder Screening Program, which screens people for eating disorders and allows individuals to connect with the appropriate treatment resources. Screenings for anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder will be available for students online. The educational initiative coincides with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (February 21-27), an annual campaign to bring public attention to the critical needs of people with eating disorders and their families.
In the United States, 30 million people will be impacted by an eating disorder at some point in their lifetime. However, because of the stigma surrounding eating disorders and mental health, only one in ten will seek treatment.
“Eating disorders are serious mental health disorders that require treatment. It’s important for people to recognize the signs and symptoms of eating disorders as early intervention significantly increases the likelihood of recovery,” said Nancy Albus, Castlewood’s Chief Executive Officer. “The screenings available provide people with information they need to seek appropriate care.”
The anonymous and confidential screening is designed to help community members examine any thoughts or behaviors that may be associated with eating disorders. After completing the self-assessment, users are provided with helpful resources and treatment information, if necessary.
Some common eating disorder signs and symptoms include:
- Frequent comments about feeling “fat” or overweight
- In general, behaviors and attitudes indicate that weight loss, dieting and control of food are becoming primary concerns
- Skips meals or takes small portions of food at regular meals
- Hides body with baggy clothes
- Evidence of binge eating, including disappearance of large amounts of food in short periods of time or lots of wrappers and containers indicating consumption or large amounts of food
- Maintains excessive, rigid exercise regimen—despite weather, fatigue, illness or injury—because of the need to “burn off” calories
- Drinks excessive amounts of water and/or uses excessive amounts of mouthwash, mints and gum
Although the screenings are not diagnostic, they will determine if someone is exhibiting, symptoms associated with depression and other mood disorders and if they should seek help.
About Castlewood Treatment Centers:
Castlewood Treatment Center for Eating Disorders, with headquarters in St. Louis, also has locations in Monterey, California, and Birmingham, Alabama. Castlewood’s multi-disciplinary approach to recovery includes nurses, dietitians, psychiatrists and therapists. By bringing a variety of skills to the treatment plan, Castlewood professionals assure each client of attention to specific needs. Individualized treatment plans are designed to help clients stabilize, discover the underlying causes of symptoms and pursue a plan of transformation. Families are included in the therapeutic process in order to provide the best possible support and to facilitate understanding of the family dynamics involved in eating disorder situations. Castlewood’s comprehensive treatment includes after-care resources and alumni programs to provide ongoing support after residential treatment has been completed. Additional information about Castlewood can be obtained by visiting the website at http://www.castlewoodtc.com, or by calling (877) 937-8930.
About Screening for Mental Health, Inc.
Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH), the pioneer of large-scale mental health screening for the public, provides innovative mental health and substance use resources, linking those in need with quality treatment options. SMH programs, offered online and in-person, educate, raise awareness, and screen individuals for common mental and behavioral health disorders and suicide. Thousands of organizations worldwide utilize our educational and screening programs, and in turn, have reached millions of people ranging from teenagers to adults. For more information about Screening for Mental Health, visit http://www.MentalHealthScreening.org.