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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Eating Disorder Symptoms & Signs

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

Understanding Eating Disorders

What is an eating disorder

An eating disorder is a mental health condition that is characterized by extreme variations from safe and healthy eating habits. Behaviors such as binge-eating and self-starvation are often accompanied by low self-esteem and distorted body image. There are a variety of eating disorders, as well as types of treatment, including the following:

Anorexia nervosa: Those who struggle with anorexia nervosa will view themselves as being overweight even though they are not. As a result, they participate in extremely intense dieting behaviors, including limiting their caloric intake, which leads to malnutrition. Individuals who are afflicted with anorexia tend to become fixated on their weight to the point that they will follow a dangerously restrictive diet and weigh themselves continuously throughout the day.

Bulimia nervosa: Individuals with bulimia nervosa participate in both binging and purging. Binging involves ingesting extremely large amounts of food, often at a very quick pace. Purging can include inducing vomiting or abusing enemas, laxatives, or diuretics to rid their bodies of the food they just consumed. Those with bulimia are typically at or slightly above normal weight, and are often afflicted with extreme anxiety regarding weight gain.

Binge-eating disorder: People who have binge-eating disorder tend to struggle with controlling their eating behaviors. In response to their lack of control, they will consume large amounts of food, often very quickly. When in the midst of an eating binge, people who have this disorder may feel as though they are incapable of stopping or controlling their eating. The periods of binge-eating are often followed by feelings of shame, guilt, and self-loathing, which can prompt future binging episodes.


Eating disorder facts and statistics

The National Eating Disorders Association reports that a little more than 6% of individuals battle with an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Sadly, those with eating disorders are at a greater risk for suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. Those who develop eating disorders tend to begin displaying symptoms at a median age of 12 to 13 years of age.

Causes and Risk Factors

Risk factors and causes of eating disorders

Scientists and clinicians agree that eating disorders tend to be caused by a variety of different and complex factors. These factors consist of genetic and environmental influences, including the following:

Genetic: Those with close family members, like parents or siblings, who struggle with eating disorders tend to also battle similar issues at some point in their lives.

Environmental: One’s environment can play a significant role in the development of an eating disorder. For example, those who have grown up in homes with family members who were exceptionally critical about their own or other’s physical appearance and weight are more likely to battle with an eating disorder. Peer pressure and teasing at school can also influence an individual’s chances of developing an eating disorder.

Risk Factors:

  • Experiencing chronic stress
  • Age (teenagers are more at risk for eating disorders)
  • Family history of mental illness
  • Personal history of mental illness
  • Family emphasis on dieting or body image
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Poor body image
Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms and signs of an eating disorder

Some of the most common signs and symptoms of eating disorders can include, however are not limited, to the following:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Secretiveness around eating
  • Frequently talking about one’s body
  • Forcing oneself to vomit
  • Using laxatives, diuretics, or other purging methods
  • Eating very little or eating too much

Physical symptoms:

  • Drop in body temperature
  • Missing or cessation of periods
  • Extreme changes in weight
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Lanugo (fine hair covering one’s body)
  • Tooth decay
  • Emaciation (extreme thinness)

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Slowed thinking
  • Obsessions about one’s body weight and/or shape
  • Pervasive and distracting thoughts about one’s weight

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Poor self-esteem
  • Distorted body image
  • Social withdrawal
  • Drastic shifts in mood

Eating disorder side effects

If eating disorders are allowed to persist, they can have severely destructive and potentially lethal results, including the following:

  • Weakening of bones
  • Cardiovascular damage
  • Growth and developmental problems
  • Occupational or academic problems
  • Organ damage
  • Tooth decay
  • Fracture in relationships
  • Death
Co-Occurring Disorders

Eating disorders and co-occurring disorders

Those who are afflicted with eating disorders and their many challenges are also more likely to battle with co-occurring mental health conditions, such as:

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Depressive disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Substance use disorders
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Treatment Modalities

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
Marks of Quality Care
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)