Treating Eating Disorders With Holistic Treatment Plans
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.
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 individuals with anorexia highly restrict their diet, those with bulimia go through a cycle known as bingeing and purging. 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.
Bigorexia is recognised as an anxiety disorder and is more commonly known as “muscle dysmorphia” or "reverse anorexia". The condition is often described as a delusional, irrational, or exaggerated belief that one's body is too small, skinny, or lacks muscular definition.
Anybody can suffer from BDD, regardless of their age or gender. However, it's more common in young adults and teenagers; affecting both men and women equally.
Individuals suffering from this condition are likely to indulge in excessive eating in order to numb feelings of past trauma or abuse; often focused around internalised and unacknowledged family issues.
EDNOS stands for "Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified". It's a diagnosis given when somebody presents a range of behaviours for bulimia, anorexia, or overeating; but there are exceptions that bring a full diagnosis into doubt.
For help with overcoming an eating disorder you can reach us by phone on 0333 339 2430 at any time, or contact us by email to discuss any questions about our specialist recovery therapy.
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