eating disorders

Eating Disorders

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How Does An Eating Disorder Affect You?

 

Eating disorders can feel very lonely and isolating. Many sufferers try to keep their behaviours a secret because they feel shame and embarrassment about what they do, or because they believe other people will judge them.

You may feel that your disordered eating behaviour gives you a sense of control when life gets a little crazy. You may also feel the contradiction of knowing that what you do is not healthy and not what you want for your life, but at the same time eating disorders can give you a feeling of power and strength.

Or perhaps you have friends, a partner or child who struggle with eating disorders. Causes of eating disorders can be complex, and you may not understand the best way to support the people you care about, and feel helpless watching them suffer from the ravages of their disordered eating.

 

Signs of an Eating Disorder

 

Eating disorders can affect you in many ways. They can severely affect relationships and leave you feeling alone. Cognitive ability, such as rational thinking and concentration, can decline. Consequences can also include poor sleep, increased social isolation and decreased sex drive. There are many signs of an eating disorder, which develop over time and become a risk to mental and physical health.

 

Health risks of Eating Disorders

  • High/Low blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sever dehydration & electrolyte imbalances
  • Heart failure
  • Gastric complications
  • High cholesterol
  • Type II Diabetes
 

Psychological effects of Eating Disorders

  • Distorted body image
  • Obsessive thoughts about food
  • Low self esteem
  • Mood swings
  • Overwhelming guilt
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts

Facts and Figures on Eating Disorders

 

It has been estimated that 1.6 million people in the UK are affected by eating disorders. There are many causes of eating disorders, so this number is likely to increase. Currently, the rates of eating disorder presentations are on the rise.


  Eating disorder diagram

Eating disorder diagram

Eating disorder diagram

  Eating disorder diagram

Eating disorder diagram

Eating disorder diagram

Eating Disorder Recovery

 

Our 10+ years of experience in treating eating disorders has informed us that many factors contribute to how and why an eating disorder can take hold, and then become maintained in the present day. Our treatment pathway for eating disorders, below, shows some of the areas that we target with treatment, as they can be factors in both the origin and the maintenance of an eating disorder, and windows for interventions that lead to eating disorder recovery.

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Eating Disorders Treatment

 

Our programme of treatment for eating disorders takes the holistic approach of dealing with you as a whole person. We work with you collaboratively, at a pace that feels right, tailoring our approach to match your needs as we go. Our treatment will be designed to fit your unique combination of presenting issues.

We work with clients to slowly adapt what they eat to create optimal levels of blood sugar and brain chemistry. This produces a more positive mood, which allows us to then work with changing behaviours, explore emotions and slowly uncover thoughts, beliefs and attitudes that can keep you stuck in an eating disorder.

We will explore the root issues behind your eating behaviour, which may have developed as a way of surviving and coping with difficult situations, relatiosnhips or emotions. As we progress through this journey, you will feel your self-esteem and self-worth grow, which in turn allows us to work on areas such as lifestyle and body image.

We will help you develop new ways of thinking and give you a toolkit of skills to help you deal with the ups and downs of life so that you no longer need to use food to make yourself feel better.

Eating disorder recovery means your commitment to stay the course of the journey. We will be your guide on this journey, and it is important that you feel you can trust us as we support you, step by step. That is why we offer a FREE 30 MINUTE SESSION so you can meet us, ask any questions you have and be able to make a more informed decision if our therapists are right for you.

Treatment for Eating Disorders

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Psychotherapy

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