What is an eating disorder?
Eating disorders are mental illnesses. They aren’t the same as changing your diet – they can take over someone’s life and the lives of those around them. While unhealthy eating behaviour is involved, they aren’t about food. Besides physical complains, such us abdominal pain and distension, nausea, bloating, constipation, the emotional and mental distress is intimately involved as both causes and effects of eating disorders. Complains include depression, irritability, anxiety, social withdrawal, obsessive symptoms and impulsivity. People with eating disorders are often secretive about their eating, and may feel guilty and ashamed.
All eating disorders, like anorexia, bulimia, food binging are very serious, and everyone who has one deserves care and support. The good news is that recovery is possible.
Help and Treatment
It’s usually very difficult for people with eating disorders to get better on their own, so it’s important to find r help and support. The sooner someone is treated for an eating disorder, the better their chance of making a full recovery.
Where to get help
- The first port of call when looking for help is GP.
- Talking to a friend, a family member, or someone at school, university or work.
- Trying different complementary therapies, such as
- Acupuncture. By rebalancing the body's energy, acupuncture decreases mental and emotional agitation and allows the body to return to a natural state of balance. A feeling of mental and physical relaxation is often the first effect of acupuncture, and this reduction of stress can offer a reprieve of a constant and exhausting voice of eating disorder in a distinctly different way from other therapies.
- Reiki induces a state of deep relaxation, which enhances the body's self-healing capacity, and its beneficial effects in conditions related to pain, stress and mood have been scientifically proven. Reiki improves inner body awareness, so you may become more conscious about your eating habits.
- Cognitive behavioural therapy. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.
- Interpersonal psychotherapy, IPT is a brief, attachment focused psychotherapy that centers on resolving interpersonal problems and symptomatic recovery
More information https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk