When abnormal eating habits affect a person’s physical or mental health, then you term it as an eating disorder. They can be serious conditions affecting physical, psychological and social function.
There are three types of eating disorders:
Anorexia Nervosa: This would a problem if you excessively try to keep your weight low as you can through not eating, over exercising or using weight loss medications when they are not recommended.
Bulimia: You find that you are controlling your weight and body through a mix of binge eating and purging (vomiting or using laxatives). Often the mixture of binging and purging will be very closely linked to your emotions and physical sensations.
Binge Eating: If you find that you are persistently over eating to a level that affects your mood or physical health. Often, it may seem very difficult to control when and how much you eat.
Often, signs of the first two eating problems will appear around your mid to late teens. However, it is possible to experience them at any age. More people experience bulimia than anorexia. It is often the case that binge eating problems can begin at a later age than other eating problems, often around middle age.
While it is basically a mental illness, you may find that the wrong eating patterns are causing physical problems such as tooth decay, kidney damage, reproductive problems, high or low blood pressure, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal problems. They can, of course, also have a big impact on how you feel and so problems such as depression and low self-esteem may also be affecting you.
If any of your near ones are hounded by eating problems, it is important to recognise the symptoms and contact us to find out how therapy with us can help you.
CAN TREATMENT HELP?
The effectiveness of psychotherapies on reducing anxiety, stress and phobia and bringing down depression are well established. Cognitive behaviour therapy and clinical hypnotherapy have been found to be particularly effective. Psychologists will help you understand your thought process and the reasons for it. Mere understanding can bring down anxiety levels and guilt.
The treatment will depend upon several factors including the level of depression you are experiencing. For moderate depression and more severe depression it may be recommended that you need cognitive behaviour therapy and medication is associated with good treatment outcomes and crucially a reduction in the chances of experiencing further episodes of depression in the future.
HOW EFFECTIVE ARE OUR TREATMENTS FOR YOUR ISSUE?
Our team of psychotherapists are highly trained and qualified mental health professionals with competence as either cognitive behaviour therapists, clinical hypnotherapists, clinical and counselling psychologists. Our mental health professionals have the necessary skills, competence and experience to help you.