Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders, such as Anorexia & Bulimia

 

Eating Disorders are characterised by unhelpful attitudes to food – for example by focussing excessively on one’s weight – which can result in highly troubling and sometimes dangerous eating habits and behaviours. These include:

Keeping weight low through starvation, reduced food intake, excessive exercise and use of laxatives and other substances – Anorexia Nervosa
Eating large quantities of food in a short period of time – Binge Eating Disorder
Eating large quantities of food in a short period of time and then being deliberately sick – Bulimia

Eating Disorders share symptoms. Some of these are highlighted below:

Excessive fear of fatness
Preoccupation with weight
Excessive eating, restriction of eating or starvation
Deliberate vomiting
Use of laxatives
Not eating in front of others
Exercising excessively
Not liking your own body and certain body parts

Effective treatment for Eating Disorders requires a multi-disciplinary approach with the following professionals and treatments:

Psychotherapists & Psychologists – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Therapy and other highly specialised Psychotherapies
Psychiatrists – diagnosis, ongoing psychiatric review and use of psychotropic medication

You may not require all of these professionals to be involved and sometimes only one is required. The Psychiatry and Therapy Centre will assess you and suggest and co-ordinate a treatment plan.

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