Eating Disorders are serious and potentially life threatening conditions. Please seek medical attention in order to be assessed and diagnosed.
Getting help early improves the chance of the recovery!
Some of the warning signs include substantial weight loss in a short period of time; severely restricted food intake; fear of gaining weight; preoccupation with weight and shape; negative or distorted body image; high anxiety related to food, around meal times and eating in public; difficulty regulating emotions; declining school or work performance. There are two sub-types:
- Restricting type is usually characterized by severe restriction of the amount of food and/or calories; eliminating food groups (starch, sugar, fat) from ones diet; creating rigid rules around eating (one meal per day; eating food of one color; drink 2 glasses of water before meals etc.).
- Binge-eating/purging type is characterized by severe restrictions mentioned above with occasional bouts of bingeing and/or purging behaviours (vomiting, excessive exercise, laxatives, diuretics etc.)
Some of the symptoms include binge-eating episodes (consuming large amounts of food within a short period) followed by intense feelings of guilt, anger, embarrassment and fear of gaining weight which trigger purging behaviours (self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise, and misuse of laxatives or diuretic). A person will often feel isolated, experience negative body image and be very self-critical.
Some of the warning signs are substantial weight fluctuations within a short period of time; frequent use of bathroom after meals; disappearance of large amounts of food; food avoidance and dieting.
Binge Eating Disorder
Binge Eating Disorder is characterized by consuming large amounts of food within a short period (sometimes when not hungry) accompanied by the feelings of loss of control and numbness. Usually, after the binge-eating episode, a person feels guilty, disappointed, angry and embarrassed.
Other warning signs include sudden weight gain, eating in secrecy, avoidance of social gatherings, increased emotional distress, and deteriorating performance.
Sometimes people use food to find comfort, as a distraction, to fill social void, or numb emotional pain. However, the food will not solve or fix any of these issues. It can bring immediate relief, which will last for a short period of time, triggering feelings of guilt, remorse or anger in the long run.
Therapy can help you to explore your triggers and learn healthy ways to cope, that will bring a long-term change and improve emotional and physical well-being.
Body image issues
Body image issues are much more complicated than being not satisfied with the way you look.
Do you find yourself worrying about what other people think of your looks?
Do you measure your self-worth based on your weight or shape?
Are you struggling with critical self-talk, judging your appearance and focusing on certain body parts that you dislike?
Do you avoid social gatherings or physical activities because you do not feel comfortable in your own body?
Do you feel that the way you think and feel about your appearance is interfering with enjoying your life?
Therapy can help you to change negative and hurtful relationship with you appearance into accepting and enjoying. You will notice positive changes in the quality of your life, enhanced self-esteem, enriched social life and overall improvement of your mood.