Orthorexia: treatments

The need for treatment depends on the severity of the disorder.

If you find that your pleasure of eating gradually gives way to the pleasure of meeting all the conditions to have only healthy food on your plate, or if one of your relatives seems obsessed with pure food, it is possible that there is a tendency to orthorexia.

To get out of this infernal spiral, one must first become aware of the disorder and the negative consequences on daily life.

If this awareness is not enough to ease orthorexic eating behavior, it may be necessary to make an appointment with a psychologist or psychiatrist, or even a nutritionist or dietician specializing in eating disorders. This may be an opportunity to take stock of what is good or less good to eat. This professional will advise you and reassure you on the need to eat balanced, but also sweet and salty ...

As for the psychological treatment (or psychotherapy), it can help to understand and defuse this control behavior, involved in orthorexia. In particular by doing a work of acceptance of emotions.

Like any disorder, treatment can take a long time to get out of this obsession with mastery. But it's entirely possible! Especially since most people involved are more in control ... than in pure mental illness.

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