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Because You are more than a collection of Symptoms

Our comprehensive Holistic Treatment Plans for help with Eating Disorders


Treating Eating Disorders With Holistic Treatment Plans

When reading articles or perhaps visiting online websites with information on eating disorders, it is common to find this very complicated mental and physical health issue broken down into a list of symptoms, risk factors and treatment options.

This perspective on any type of eating disorder leaves the impression that treatment is easy and based on the presenting clinical symptoms. However, at the Eating Disorder & Addiction Specialists Group we understand that a person struggling with an eating disorder is more than a collection of symptoms.

To treat our clients struggling with this very complicated condition our staff first completes a full assessment. This allows us to understand not just those presenting symptoms, but also the deeper issues driving specific behaviours.

From this customised assessment, we can then develop a comprehensive and holistic treatment plan. We incorporate the treatment modes that are best suited to the individual and continually monitor and make adjustments to ensure we are maximizing the effectiveness of the treatment, based on the way each client responds.

To get started, it can be helpful to have a basic overview of the diagnosed conditions that make up the broad category of eating disorders.


Anorexia Nervosa

This is perhaps the most well-known eating disorder and includes the dramatic loss of weight; even to the point of starvation and essential body system failures.

While the weight loss and other physical and emotional changes brought on by severe calorie restriction are dramatic, the condition is directly related to mental health. This can include distorted body image, depression, anxiety, trauma, extreme fixation on impossible levels of perfection and the obsession with control over their body.


Bulimia Nervosa

While individuals with anorexia highly restrict their diet, those with bulimia go through a cycle known as bingeing and purging. Often resulting from the same dislike of self as other eating disorders, bulimics often feel shame and guilt during their binging cycle, and this is often paired with feelings of little or no control over their life.

Through the bingeing and purging cycle there is an attempt by the sufferer to gain control over a small part of their world; their body. While not as potentially deadly as anorexia, this condition can results in significant damage to the digestive system, especially with the induced vomiting and the excessive use of laxatives and diuretics in the purge cycle.


Overeating

The general category of overeating can include the recognised psychological disorders of Binge Eating, or compulsive types of overeating and food addiction issues.

These conditions - whether diagnosed or not – require an integrated approach to treatment that may include psychotherapy and counselling as well as nutritional counselling, assistance in learning more effective coping strategies and an emphasis on mental health and well-being from a very personal level.

Treatment for anorexia, bulimia, overeating, and all eating disorders must include treatment of the underlying mental health issues. With a holistic approach issues such as healthy eating and exercising, education about body weight and image and a focus on building self-esteem and a positive self-image will often be woven into the integrated treatment approach.


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