Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder (UFED)
Not all dysfunctional eating habits fit into specific categories of eating disorders, so experts created separate categories to encompass these issues. One category is unspecified feeding or eating disorder (UFED), which can have dangerous consequences. For this reason, it’s important for people with UFED to seek comprehensive treatment.
UFED is part of the other specified feeding or eating disorders (OSFED) spectrum. OSFED encompasses eating behaviors that don’t fit into the general categories of eating disorders. However, UFED further covers eating habits that don’t fit into the OSFED category.
Signs and Symptoms of UFED
People who have UFED exhibit the symptoms of eating disorders, but don’t meet the full criteria for a diagnosis. For instance, a client’s disordered behaviors and thoughts aren’t enough to justify diagnosing a specific eating disorder, however, their eating habits cause significant distress and can impair how they function in social, work, and other situations.
Doctors typically use UFED when there’s insufficient evidence to justify a specific diagnosis. After they have more time to determine the cause of the symptoms, the UFED diagnosis could change. The diagnosis could also change if a client’s symptoms change.
How We Treat
Not all women face the same challenges or respond the same to certain treatments, so we treat UFED 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