Is treatment for you?The assessment process is very important in helping identify whether you or a loved one has an eating disorder, and if so what treatment plan is required. Our clinical psychologists have significant experience and training in this area. Please contact us if you are concerned that you are a loved one may have an eating disorder. We can help point you in the right direction.
How we helpEvery patients experiences and symptoms are unique to them, therefore it’s important to take time to understand your situation so that we can develop an individualised treatment plan. During treatment, we will explore your eating disorder, how you feel about it and the therapeutic approaches we can use to give you personalised treatment and help.
Do I have an eating disorder?Below are some questions that may help you identify if you have an eating disorder
- Do you find yourself being preoccupied by worries about eating and about your weight? Do you find yourself thinking you want to eat more 'healthily', but then you start to restrict your food intake more and more?
- Do you find yourself believing you need to lose weight, even though you are in a healthy weight range?
- Do you find yourself eating uncontrollably and then feeling very guilty afterwards?
- Or do you worry that a loved one's eating habits have changed significantly, and you are concerned about their weight or wellbeing?
What is an eating disorder?Eating Disorders are characterised by significant disturbances in eating behaviour. Common eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa (AN), Bulimina Nervosa (BN) and Binge Eating Disorder (BED).
People who are diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa demonstrate persistent restriction of food, which leads to significant low body weight for their age and height. A person will experience an intense fear of gaining weight even though underweight. People with AN also have a disturbed perception of how their body looks.
People who are diagnosed with Bulimina Nervosa engage in ongoing episodes of binge eating - binge eating is when a person eats in a discrete period of time (within two hours), an amount of food that is significantly more than most people would eat in that same time frame and under similar circumstances - with inappropriate compensatory behaviour to prevent any weight gain (for example, vomiting or excessive exercise). People with BN, like those with AN, also experience an intense fear of gaining weight even though underweight.
People who are diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder engage in recurrent episodes of binge eating. As explained above, binge eating is when a person eats in a discrete period of time (within two hours), an amount of food that is significantly more than most people would eat in that same time frame and under similar circumstances. During that time, people feel out of control when eating and may eat rapidly, and continuously even when not physically hungry. The eating often occurs in secret, and feelings of shame or guilt after these episodes is common. Binge eating is much more severe than overeating.