Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Carolina House Eating Disorder Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Carolina House Eating Disorder Treatment Center.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Orthorexia Symptoms & Signs

Carolina House provides leading orthorexia treatment to ensure long-lasting recovery for a healthier and more satisfying life.

Understanding Orthorexia

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Orthorexia is a type of disorder that characterized by healthy eating habits that have been taken to dangerous levels. Though not classified as a disorder in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), orthorexia is recognized by many experts as a serious disorder that can cause significant physical and psychological distress.

In most cases, orthorexia starts as an honest attempt to live healthier. However, a person might start cutting foods out of their diet until they are only eating foods that have been prepared in particular ways. An individual with orthorexia will spend an exceptional amount of time thinking about food, which is similar to someone with anorexia or bulimia. They might also ruminate about the calories they are consuming and grow overly concerned about the health benefits of these foods, as well as how the food was processed and prepared. Those who have orthorexia are fixated on consuming food that will keep them healthy to a point where they will avoid foods that are necessary for their continued wellbeing.

While orthorexia can start off as a diet where an individual is attempting to become healthier in their eating habits, it can quickly spiral into dangerous behaviors that can lead to serious health risks. While little is known about orthorexia, there is hope for recovery.


Orthorexia statistics

There is very little information on the prevalence of this orthorexia, however, research suggests that it is growing in prevalence each year. In addition, it is believed that orthorexia occurs equally in people of all genders, but is most common in middle-class adults who are in the 30-year-old range.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for orthorexia

The primary reason for the development of this specific type of eating disorder is an individual’s compulsive need to improve their health. Even so, there are often many underlying causes that can impact an individual’s decision to go to extremes with their dieting, including:

  • Searching for spirituality through food
  • To overcome chronic illness
  • To improve self-esteem
  • Using food to create an identity
  • A strong desire to be thin
  • Compulsion for complete control
  • Escaping from fears
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of orthorexia

Those who battle with orthorexia will show a variety of signs and symptoms. In many instances, they might exhibit behaviors that push past the norm in terms of living a healthy life, and instead cause them to suffer from a number of physical, mental, and emotional effects. Some of these behaviors can include:

  • Engaging in emotional eating
  • Self-esteem is based on eating healthy foods
  • Increasingly critical and more rigid about eating
  • Feeling as if certain foods are dangerous
  • Feeling guilt or ashamed when unable to maintain diet standards
  • Losing interest in activities once enjoyed because they are solely involved in eating healthy
  • Thinking critically of others who don’t follow a strict diet
  • Spends extreme amounts of time and money in meal planning and food preparation
  • Total elimination of entire food groups in an attempt to eat clean
  • Avoidance of social events involving food due to fear of being unable to comply with diet
  • Has severe anxiety about how food is prepared

Effects of orthorexia

If orthorexia goes untreated, this disorder can cause permanent health damages to occur, as well as a number of negative life consequences. As orthorexia persists, it can begin to mimic the same dangerous effects that anorexia and bulimia can produce, including:

  • Problems with cognition
  • Lowered immune system
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Osteoporosis
  • Kidney failure
  • Infertility
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Heart disease
  • Malnutrition
  • Social isolation
  • Emotional instability
  • Low sense of self-worth
Co-Occurring Disorders

Orthorexia and co-occurring disorders

Some other mental health conditions that can develop in an individual who is battling with orthorexia can include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
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Things were getting worse and worse before coming to Carolina House, but my now my life has never been better. I can't remember the last time I felt so happy and confident with myself. I couldn't have got here without them.

– a former resident
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Why does this matter?
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • International Association Of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP)
  • National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)