Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED)

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Women with other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED) don’t meet all the criteria for specific eating disorders. For example, they may not meet the guidelines for doctors to diagnose them with bulimia or anorexia. However, they do have some of the symptoms, which interfere with their ability to live their lives, and they need the same treatments as those who have specific eating disorders. Fortunately, they can get these services at an OSFED treatment center like Magnolia Creek.
Previously, experts referred to OSFED as an eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS). They developed this category to encompass those that have significant eating problems that aren’t consistent with existing disorders.

Overview of OSFED

Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare’s AVP of Clinical Services, Kate Fisch, LCSW, discusses OSFED and how Magnolia Creek treats it.

Signs and Symptoms of OSFED

As an example, experts can’t diagnose anorexia in people that exhibit restricted eating habits but have normal body weights, so there are five subcategories of OSFED, including:
Purging disorder differs from bulimia because people don’t binge before they purge. With night eating syndrome, they eat most of their food during the night. Sometimes, urges to eat interrupt their sleep cycle.
Although some experts consider OSFED to be a less severe condition, it has serious, life-threatening effects. However, the disorder is treatable.

How We Treat

Not all women face the same challenges or respond the same to certain treatments, so we treat OSFED with a range of different therapies. To address each client’s differences, we create individualized treatment plans that may incorporate the following therapies:
Nutrition therapy is a major part of eating disorder treatment as well. In addition, the facility uses experiential therapies to address more than just the eating problem. Some examples include art therapy, animal-assisted therapy, adventure therapy, mindfulness therapy, and guided imagery.

If you’d like to learn more about our OSFED treatment program, our caring staff is ready to help. Call us or fill out the form to get started today.

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