ARFID Self-assessment

If any or all of these questions below describe you or a loved one, the next step is to speak with an ERC Masters-level clinician for a professional assessment.

  • Do you struggle with a lack of interest in or an avoidance of food or eating?

  • Do you avoid certain or most foods because you cannot tolerate the texture or consistency?

  • Have you had significant weight loss but are not concerned with the size or shape of your body?

Why should you seek treatment for ARFID right away?

Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder – often known by its acronym, ARFID – is an eating or feeding disturbance characterized by an ongoing failure to meet appropriate nutritional and/or energy needs. ARFID is most prevalent in children and adolescents, but it can also be present in adults.

ARFID can lead any of the following:

  • Weight loss or being severely underweight.

  • Nutritional deficiencies (e.g., anemia or iron deficiency) and malnutrition that can be characterized by fatigue, weakness, brittle nails, dry hair/hair loss, difficulty concentrating, and reduction in bone density.

  • Growth failure in adolescents or an increased risk to not thrive.

Is treatment available for ARFID?

Yes. Our team of doctors, mental health professionals and dietitians are specially-trained to help children, teens and adults struggling with ARFID.

Our treatment begins with a comprehensive assessment to determine the type and other core issues, including medical stabilization, psychiatric stabilization, nutritional rehabilitation and weight restoration (when appropriate).

A key component of ARFID treatment at ERC is education of patients and parents alike about the diagnosis, ARFID types, interventions, treatment expectations and treatment goals.

Is recovery from ARFID possible?

Yes! With our specialized treatment, a full and lasting recovery is possible. The important part is to get into treatment right away so you or your loved one can be medically and psychologically stabilized before the condition worsens.

What’s next?

Once you complete the form to the right, one of our Masters-level clinicians will contact you for a free, confidential assessment of your symptoms and the treatment options available to you.
 

If you or a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, contact us immediately for a confidential consultation.