What Do I Look For

Signs of Eating DisordersEating Disorder

There are many signs of eating disorders. If you notice your loved one becoming easily angered, isolating, losing interest in previously loved activities, avoiding situations related to eating, and/or becoming obsessed about food and appearance, your loved one may have an eating disorder. It is important your loved one gets assessed for the illness as soon as possible to ensure appropriate care.

Other signs of eating disorders:
  • Low self esteem
    • I hate myself
    • I can’t do anything right
    • No one will ever like me
  • Buying into cultural messages
    • The only attractive people are thin
    • If I lose weight I’ll be OK
    • People won’t respect me unless I am thin
  • Perfectionism
    • If I don’t do this 100% right, I am a failure
    • Being average indicates that I am weak
  • Focus on appearance
    • My body is hideous
    • There is nothing good about my body
    • I am so fat
  • Wanting to feel special
    • The only way to get attention is by how I look
    • People only talk to me because I am thin
    • My eating disorder is the only thing that is special about me
  • Control
    • This is the only thing that I can control
    • I must constantly watch my weight or I’ll get out of control
  • Trouble identifying and expressing feelings
    • I can’t tell what I am feeling
    • People will not spend time with me if I am not happy all of the time
    • “I feel fat” describes every negative emotion
  • Lack of trust in self and others
    • I can’t trust my body
    • I can’t trust anyone
    • I don’t trust I know what I need

Valenta will help families recreate and/or strengthen communication that the eating disorder has previously taken away. Along with that they will teach healthy ways to be supportive.

Depression Recovery

Individuals with depressive illnesses do not all experience the same symptoms. The severity, frequency, and duration of symptoms vary depending on the individual and their particular illness.

Signs and Symptoms include:

  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Feelings of guild, worthlessness or helplessness
  • Irritability and/or restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts or self-harm behaviors
  • Aches or pains, headaches or physical problems that do not ease with treatment