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EDNOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified)

Sometimes eating disorders manifest as a combination of conditions, with no single, appropriate diagnosis




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 example, a person may present a range of anorexic behaviours but appear to maintain a healthy weight, despite significant and sudden weight loss.

EDNOS conditions are serious and potentially life-threatening and require treatment.


What is OSFED?

OSFED is another name for EDNOS conditions and stands for “Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder”.

Both EDNOS and OSFED refer to behavioural, physical, and psychological symptoms of other eating disorders; but an individual's disorder profile doesn't match the expected criteria for a full diagnosis.

These conditions are often more challenging to spot in ourselves or others because the symptoms often appear in subtle ways that may be overlooked.


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How might these conditions manifest?

An individual may present a range of behaviours associated with bulimia and, regardless of significant and sudden weight loss, their current weight falls within the "normal" range for their height and build.

Or perhaps a person binges and purges infrequently, or they chew large quantities of few excessively before spitting it out.

If somebody engages in regular weight-controlling behaviours such as starving, bingeing, purging, or chewing and spitting out - but they don't present all of the expected behaviours for a specific condition - they may fall under the EDNOS category.


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How would I be diagnosed for an EDNOS condition?

Like all eating disorders, a condition is unlikely to be diagnosed unless the individual has recognised that there is a problem.

People throughout the spectrum of eating disorders are often adept at hiding their damaging behaviours, making it difficult to diagnose their condition until the individual is prepared to face the problem for themselves.

Our integrative approach focuses on the needs of the individual. We recognise that there's no such thing as a "one-size-fits-all" solution - and we understand that therapy of any kind takes a considerable degree of bravery to consider.

We start with talking, and we piece together a profile of the individual condition while discussing appropriate approaches to treatment.


What would treatment for my EDNOS condition look like?

We take a holistic approach to treatment, exploring associated conditions such as anxiety and depression, as well as delving into the root causes of your specific symptoms. Together, we’ll address your issues by developing coping strategies, helping you recognise what triggers the feelings that manifest through your unique eating disorder profile.

With a combination of strategies designed to meet your individual needs, we'll use psychotherapeutic approaches, counselling, and coaching, to help tackle the symptoms of your condition and get you on a confident path to recovery.


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