Meet Dr. Fassihi
For much of my 20-year career, I have been working as an eating disorders specialist. It is important to understand that eating disorders are not just about the food, so an eating disorders specialist must understand a variety of related and underlying issues, including trauma, depression, anxiety, and relationship difficulties.
Many people with eating disorders have a history of traumatic experiences, but I also believe that the eating disorder is itself a traumatic experience that disrupts lives. People with eating disorders are often very accomplished because they are so hard-working and caring, but I always find myself wondering, what more could their life hold for them in recovery? How much more could they enjoy their accomplishments and their lives?
Recovery takes time. The first step is assessment of what level of care and resources are needed. The good news is that with your hard work and the support you deserve, you can recover.
It is extremely difficult to break free from an eating disorder. Support from a multidisciplinary team and the important people in your life can sustain you on the journey to recovery.