EATING DISORDERS TREATMENT
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Eating Disorders are a serious psychological illness characterised by disturbed eating habits and preoccupation with body weight, size and shape and attempts to control or change them. Eating Disorders usually progress over time and without the right kind of treatment can lead to devastating long-term health problems and even death. Eating Disorders are usually accompanied with other mental health illnesses such as depression, anxiety, addictions or substance abuse, issues of self-esteem, perfectionist traits or trauma.
Eating Disorders tend to take the form of four distinct patterns:
- Anorexia Nervosa – marked by a low weight, intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, disturbed body image, over-emphasis on importance of weight or shape and denial of food restriction or seriousness of low body weight.
- Bulimia Nervosa – characterised by recurrent binge eating episodes often with a sense of loss of control, then usually followed by compensatory behaviours such as purging, over-exercise or use of laxatives.
- Binge-Eating / Food Addiction – episodes of eating large amounts of food in a compulsive way. People with binge-eating or food addiction issues may feel unable to stop or that their eating is out of control.
- …and Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder – other patterns of disordered eating that do not typically fall into the other categories.
ANOREXIA NERVOSA EFFECTS WOMEN AND MEN AND CAN DEVELOP AT ANY TIME ALTHOUGH IS USUALLY PRESENT IN LATE TEENS AND EARLY ADULTHOOD. ANOREXIA IS A SERIOUS PSYCHOLOGICAL ILLNESS THAT HAS A MAJOR NEGATIVE EFFECT ON THE BODY AND OVERALL HEALTH.
It is a psychiatric condition that relates to a high mortality rate if left untreated. Often other psychological problems co-exist like anxiety, obsessive compulsive urges, depression, irritability, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, confusion, difficulty thinking and memory problems. The extent of restricted eating and concerns of weight, body shape and size has negative consequences on a persons quality of life, impacts the family, relationships, studies or work. Due to restricted eating, most people with anorexia have serious nutritional deficiencies which in turn can exacerbate mental health and physical health issues.
BINGE EATING/ OVEREATING
BINGE EATING OR FOOD ADDICTION IS CHARACTERISED BY COMPULSIVE EATING AND FEELING UNABLE TO STOP OR CONTROL THE URGES OR BINGES.
Many people who overeat use food to help cope with stress, manage their feelings or to try and change how they feel. Much like other addictions binge eating can lead to negative addictive cycles with uncontrolled eating followed by feelings of guilt and shame that only fuel further binge eating. This chronic condition can have a lasting impact on quality of life, physical and mental health. Binge eating can be alleviated with the right help and you can learn to develop a healthy relationship with food.
We view binge eating disorders and food addiction in much the same way as we view other obsessive compulsive conditions. At RósGlas, we aim to treat the underlying causes of these habits by addressing psychological issues, biochemical imbalances and earlier experiences of trauma.
BULIMIA NERVOSA IS CHARACTERISED BY EXCESSIVE OR COMPULSIVE BINGE EATING EPISODES, FOLLOWED BY COMPENSATORY ACTIONS LIKE PURGING, EXCESSIVE EXERCISE, FOOD RESTRICTION OR USING LAXATIVES.
Like any eating disorder often other psychological issues are also present such as mood disorders and emotional problems, anxiety, depression, stress, relationship problems, low self-esteem, guilt, shame, cravings and more… Bulimia Nervosa can cause other problems in life, relationship issues, family problems, communication difficulties, problems with studies or work as well as devastating irreversible health problems.
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If you or your loved one suffers from addiction, there is no time to wait – seeking help is always the best option. Reach out to us and we’ll be happy to provide anonymous consultation over the phone or email.