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Avoidant/ Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

What is avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder?

Avoidant/ Restrictive Food Intake Disorder has previously been referred to as Selective Eating Disorder. It involves a limitation in the amount and type of foods consumed. This eating disorder does not include stress around the size of body or weight and can be mistaken for children being "picky eaters."

Symptoms of avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder include:

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  • Sudden refusal to eat foods and may no longer eat food they previously ate

  • Fear of choking or vomiting

  • Menstrual irregularities

  • Lack of appetite for no known reason.

  • Fainting/syncope

  • Difficulty eating meals with friends or family

Some treatment approaches we use to help you on your ARFID recovery journey are: 

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Trauma Informed Care

  • Exposure Therapy (ERP)

  • Nutritional Education

  • Art Therapy

  • Movement Therapy

  • Family Therapy 

  • Parent Coaching

It is possible to recover. There are some tips and tricks that can help provide the support needed to maintain a healthy state of being and resist the temptations to relapse.
  • Admit there is a problem. You do not have to suffer alone. 

  • Begin therapy and create a multidisciplinary team including a HAES therapist, HAES nutritionist, and primary care HAES physician. 

  • Understand that no food is moral. It's not good or bad, just food! 

  • Get rid of your scale and stop focusing on your weight, but focus more on how your body feels.

  • Identify your triggers and work towards finding alternatives.

  • Join a support group, such as our Meal Support Group.

Where can you find therapy for Avoidant / Restrictive Food Intake Disorder?

Online Therapy for Avoidant / Restrictive Food Intake Disorder?
We provide virtual eating disorder therapy in New Jersey, Delaware, and Florida. Some towns served virtually include, but not limited to, are Chester County, Bucks County, Montgomery County, Delaware County, Essex County, Somerset County, Morris County, New Castle County, Sussex County, Kent County, Sarasota County, Broward County, Monroe County, and more.

If you are struggling with an eating disorder just know that there is help available for you! Recovered and Restored is an Eating Disorder Therapy center based out of Ambler, Pennsylvania. However, all of our therapists are qualified to provide online eating disorder therapy to all residents of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, and Delaware.

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