Anorexia Nervosa is a Life-Threatening Disorder Requiring Treatment

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Mandel Center of Arizona

A member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, Alyssa Mandel, LCSW, CEDS, leads The Mandel Center of Arizona. There, Alyssa Mandel treats individuals with eating disorders, like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.

Anorexia nervosa affects 1 percent of the US population, or 1 out of every 100 persons. Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by an obsession with weight and body image. The majority of persons with anorexia are females between the ages of 10 and 20, but men are also affected. Anorexia can be a fatal disease.

Persons with anorexia may refuse to consume a sufficient calorie intake, may exercise continuously to keep a lower body weight, and may refuse to acknowledge the problem or its serious consequences. Risk factors for anorexia include an obsession with body image and appearance, anxiety disorders in childhood, and the harboring of a negative self-image. Anorexia is not limited to the teen years and can occur at any time during one’s life. Treatment should be pursued if anorexia is suspected.


Binge Eating Disorder Has Effective Treatment Available

Binge eating disorder
Binge eating disorder


Alyssa Mandel, LCSW, CEDS, is the founder of The Mandel Center of Arizona, a therapeutic treatment facility that focuses on complete physical, spiritual, and emotional healing for persons diagnosed with eating disorders. Alyssa Mandel has served as both president and vice president-elect of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.

Binge eating disorder affects from 1 to 3 percent of the US population, usually in the over-25 age group. Binge eating disorder symptoms include episodes of over-eating in which the participant feels like there is no control over the eating behavior and feelings of shame and/or guilt regarding overeating. Persons with binge eating disorder are more likely to be obese because of the large intake of calories. Those with binge eating disorder do not purge or over-exercise, like those with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa.

Symptoms of binge eating disorder include eating in private because of the shame associated with overeating, eating quickly in large amounts even if not hungry, and eating to the point of being uncomfortable. Other behaviors include hiding food wrappers, restrictive dieting with obsessive tendencies, and not allowing foods to touch each other on the plate. Binge eating disorder is a life-threatening disease that requires treatment from a therapist.

Study Says Americans Value Mental, Physical Health Equally

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Anxiety and Depression Association of America


The founder and director of the Mandel Center of Arizona, Alyssa Mandel is an experienced psychotherapist who offers counseling to her clients in a safe and nonjudgmental environment. As part of her ongoing education in the field, Alyssa Mandel belongs to several professional organizations, including the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

A recent survey conducted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans–nearly 90 percent–placed equal value on physical and mental health.

The survey also shows that almost a third of those same Americans have no access to adequate mental health care, and more than 40 percent feel that the expensive costs associated with mental health care are a significant barrier to getting the help they need.

According to survey, a large majority of people understand that depression can be a major contributing factor to suicide, but far fewer realize that related conditions, such as anxiety and other panic disorders, can also play a significant factor in increasing a person’s risk for suicide.

Harris Poll conducted the online survey of more than 2,000 adults in the United States in Fall 2015, with the primary focus being the understanding of Americans about the specifics of mental health care, as well as suicide prevention and awareness.