Treating other specified feeding or eating disorders (OSFED) isn’t a paint-by-number process. Patients’ behavioral and emotional symptoms, as well as their past experiences, need to be considered to treat this condition. OSFED is an umbrella term that encompasses individuals with eating disorders that didn’t meet the specific diagnosis categories for other eating disorders. Despite the lack of attention this disorder receives, it’s just as deadly as any other specific eating disorder. To help those who have struggled to find a treatment that works for them, our center for eating disorder treatment offers OSFED treatment.
What Is OSFED (Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders)?
Before starting OSFED treatment, it helps to know more about what it is. It was previously known as “eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS),” and despite its lack of attention in the public eye, this condition is the most commonly diagnosed eating disorder.
People with OSFED often display a wide range of symptoms, including:
- Refusing to eat certain foods
- Distorted body image
- Preoccupation with body weight and shape
- Frequent comments about feeling fat or overweight
- Intense fear of gaining weight
- Fear of eating around others or eating in hiding
- Denial about hunger
- Stealing or hoarding food
- Drinking excessive amounts of water
- Hiding their body shape by wearing baggy clothes
- Low self-esteem
- Strong need for approval
- Mood swings
- Noticeable fluctuations in weight
- Gastrointestinal symptoms (stomach cramps, constipation, and acid reflux)
- Slow heart rate
- Low thyroid and hormone levels, potassium levels, and blood cell count
Although individuals with OSFED do not meet the specific criteria for other eating disorders, this is a category in and of itself that deserves its own specialized level of care. That’s why our eating disorders specialists at Banyan Philadelphia work hard to ensure that patients receive the best form of OSFED treatment possible.
Our OSFED Treatment Center in Philadelphia
As with other eating disorders, lack of treatment can lead to various health risks, including cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal problems, hormonal imbalances, and more. Without the help of an OSFED treatment center, patients’ minds and bodies slowly deteriorate.
Fortunately, help is available. Our center for eating disorder treatment utilizes various approaches to treat the physical, psychological, and social impact of OSFED, including:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): One of the most successful therapies for eating disorders. Often includes meal planning, food exposure, limiting body-checking, and relapse prevention.
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): This is a type of CBT where the patient and therapist work together to resolve the distorted relationship between self-acceptance and change to bring about positive changes in thoughts and behaviors.
- Nutritional Therapy: Nutritional therapy is conducted by dietitians and can help someone with OSFED repair physical health and help normalize food intake and behaviors.
Our OSFED treatment center in Philadelphia can help you or a loved one work through OSFED symptoms and develop a healthier way of living. We also teach patients relapse prevention and maintenance skills to equip them to manage their symptoms on their own after treatment.
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At Banyan Treatment Centers, our goal is to make sure that anyone who needs treatment from drug and alcohol addiction are able to get the help needed to assist them on the road to recovery. If you don't have insurance contact us to inquire about alternate methods regarding treatment for yourself or a loved one.