TREATING EATING DISORDERS IN london
Are you looking for help with treating an Eating Disorder? TAG Therapy provides Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to support you in totally overcoming this concern, along with NLP and hypnotherapy if you wish to take advantage of these approaches as well. The following information is also provided as a benefit to you on your road to recovery.
Food and eating plays an essential role in your life. The type of food enjoyed varies from person to person, as well as how much people need to eat, and when they like to eat it. Food is vital for your health and development. It is common you will want to experiment with different eating habits, for example people may decide to become pescetarians or vegetarians. However, some eating patterns can be damaging.
Problems surrounding food can start when you might use it to cope with times when you are bored, anxious, angry, lonely, ashamed or sad. Food becomes problematic if you use it to help yourself cope with painful situations or feelings, or to relieve stress perhaps without you even realising it.
People generally think about eating disorders as Anorexia or Bulimia. However there is now growing understanding that certain people suffer from a mix of eating disorder behaviours, or may be affected by some symptoms of Anorexia or Bulimia but not others. Everyone experiences their eating disorder in their own way. Whatever form it takes, your eating disorder can be beaten. Understanding your eating disorder and having information about where you can learn more is a great first step towards beating your eating disorder.
The eating disorder charity Beat is also a very valuable resource for those wanting additional support. They have centres throughout the UK and also provide assistance for families of those with eating disorders.
Further useful eating disorder resources
Do I have an Eating Disorder?
Do I have Anorexia?
Anorexia stems from low self esteem and an inability to cope safely with worries and problems. It involves the sufferer restricting the amount of food they take in by skipping meals and cutting down the types and amounts of food they eat; some people over-exercise as well. A sufferer may believe that if they lose weight their life would be happier, people will like them more, they will be more successful or even perhaps that they may be noticed less.
Do I have Bulimia?
Bulimia is also linked with low self esteem, emotional problems and stress. A sufferer may constantly think about calories, dieting and ways of getting rid of the food they have eaten. Bulimia is actually more common than Anorexia, but is more hidden because people with Bulimia usually remain an average or just over average body weight. Bulimia can go unnoticed for a long time, although sufferers may feel ill and very unhappy.
Do I have Binge Eating Disorder (BED)?
When someone binge eats, they may eat large amounts of food in a short period of time, they may focus on eating one particular food, or select food randomly. The pattern of eating in a binge is very different from sitting down and having a meal. Sufferers may feel a lack of control during these binges, but unlike someone with Bulimia Nervosa, they do not try to get rid of the food. They may eat much more quickly than usual, eat until they are uncomfortably full, eat large amounts of food when they are not hungry or eat alone. Sufferers do this for very similar reasons to those with Bulimia.
Do I have an Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS)?
Eating disorder not otherwise specified is a diagnosis given to a sufferer that experiences some of the symptoms associated with Anorexia or Bulimia, or a mixture of symptoms from both. This does not make their disorder any less serious. The underlying low self esteem and emotional distress are just as upsetting for these sufferers. Binge Eating Disorder (see above) is also included in this category.
How can I overcome my eating disorder?
You know how hard it can be to take that first step on the road to self-improvement. Yet invariably it is the thought of the effort of change that is harder than change itself. In fact how often do you say after finally taking the leap, "Why didn't I do that sooner?" It goes to show that your mind creates barriers to moving forward, not so much because it is difficult but because you fear the unknown, even if it transpires to be a better place!
So if you find yourself standing hesitantly at the brink of moving away from the constraints of your past, ask yourself this. Change might seem daunting and an effort, but how much more of an effort and daunting will it be to spend yet another year locked within your problem, or perhaps even several years?
The solution is within your grasp. Take the leap towards resolution and contact us to move forward. We're here to support and work with you every step of the way.
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