Eating disorders are a serious mental health condition that result in a person having an unhealthy relationship with food which negatively impacts both their mental and physical health. Eating disorders are more commonly diagnosed in female teenagers and young women but can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, cultural background and socioeconomic status. There are a variety of different types of eating disorders and they don’t all affect people in the same way. Some people with eating disorders can look outwardly very healthy, others will show physical signs. It is important to seek help as soon as possible if you believe you may have an eating disorder.
A person with anorexia nervosa will
Someone experiencing bulimia nervosa will
Someone with binge eating disorder will
A person diagnosed with OSFED will
A person with an eating disorder will typically not experience all symptoms listed below but will experience enough of them to have a negative impact on their physical, mental and emotional health.
There is no one method for diagnosing an eating disorder but it is usually done as a combination of physical and psychological examinations.
Treatment of an eating disorder typically involves a team approach with multiple health professionals working together with the patient to change their perceptions, behaviours and habits around eating and their weight.
Medical health professionals who may be involved in treating an eating disorder include:
It is important that if you believe you may have an eating disorder that you consult a GP or other medical professional as soon as possible. Treatment is typically easier with early intervention and resultant health consequences such as an increased likelihood of experiencing depression or physical damage to the digestive system is minimised. Here at Inner Psych our team of psychologists are able to assist you on your journey to recovery from all forms of eating disorder. We offer telehealth counselling everywhere in Australia including in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, Hobart and Brisbane. We can work with you using tools such as cognitive behavioural therapy and family therapy to help you develop new routines and ways of thinking resulting in a healthy relationship to food. Reach out today and talk to one of our expert team members using the information available on our ‘Contact’ page.