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Barry Sarvet, M.D.
Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Baystate Health
Associate Clinical Professor
Tufts University School of Medicine
Child Behavioral Health Associates
3300 Main Street, 4th Floor
413-794-5552 (office)

Walden Behavioral Care
100 University Drive, 2nd Floor
Amherst, MA 01002
Telephone (413) 582-0100 for individuals and families to contact staff.
Fax: (508) 796-5799

Walden Behavioral Care
South Windsor Eating Disorder Clinic
2400 Tamarack Avenue, Suite 203
South Windsor, CT 06074


National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)


A psychiatric crisis service clinician is available at Baystate Health emergency room 24/7



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Signs and Symptoms


Anorexia, Bulimia, and Compulsive Overeating


Anorexia (behavioral and psychological signs, attitude shifts)

  • Intense fear of becoming fat, regardless of weight

  • Distorted body image

  • Signs of restricted eating, severe diets or fasting

  • Rigid exercise regime

  • Social withdrawal, mood shifts, perfectionist attitude

  • Lightheadedness, fainting

  • Complaints of feeling cold

Bulimia (behavioral and psychological signs, attitude shifts)

  • Binge eating followed by fasting or purging

  • Vomiting, laxative abuse, over exercising and abuse of diet pills

  • Intense fear of getting fat

  • Feeling uncomfortable eating in front of others

  • Weight fluctuations

  • Mood shifts, depression, severe self-criticism

  • Complaints of sore throats, fatigue and muscle ache

Compulsive Overeating (behavioral and psychological signs, attitude shifts)

  • Eating to escape from worry or anxiety

  • Binging and eating when not hungry

  • Restriction of activities because of embarrassment about weight

  • Going from diet to diet

  • Excessive thought devoted to food

  • Eating little in public while maintaining a high weight

  • Feelings of self-worth based on weight and control of eating