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Eating Disorders Counselling

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Eating disorders refer to a group of behavioral conditions that cause a severe and persistent eating habit. They include distressing thoughts and emotions, as well as eating habits that are difficult or impossible to control. These conditions can have serious consequences for your social, physical, and psychological health. 

Many eating disorders co-occur alongside other psychiatric disorders such as mood and anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and alcohol and drug abuse disorders. There is evidence that genetics and heritability are a factor in some individuals being more likely to develop an eating disorder. However, these disorders can also affect those without a family history. 

In short, eating disorders are a mental condition that requires treatment. If left untreated, they can be very harmful to the body. Eating disorder treatment by Myfitbrain addresses any psychological, behavioral, and medical problems. These can be caused by malnutrition, purging behavior, or other potentially fatal conditions. If you have irregular eating habits or are binging on food, then you can seek eating disorder counseling at Myfitbrain.

Types of Eating Disorder

Types of Eating Disorder

Binge Eating

It is characterized by extreme or overeating. The person may eat excessive food in a short time. They feel like they don't have control over how much they eat and when to stop. Binge eating is chronic and can lead to health complications, including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and other diseases. We use cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for treating this disorder.

Bulimia Nervosa

It is a cycle of binge-eating and purging. An individual will experience a binge-eating episode followed by guilt and shame. To avoid getting overweight from the binge, they will resort to extreme measures. They may use laxatives or even vomiting to force food out of their bodies. 

They may also lose calories by excessive fasting or exercising. People with Bulimia can be slightly underweight, normal weight, overweight, or even obese. It leads to rare but potentially fatal complications, including esophageal tears, gastric rupture, and cardiac arrhythmias. Myfitbrain eating disorder counselling also includes outpatient cognitive behavioral therapy for treating this disorder.

Anorexia Nervosa

Extreme food restrictions are a hallmark of this disorder. Bulimia is a form of extreme food restriction. Anorexia is the fear of becoming overweight or gaining weight. People who are dangerously thin will still feel overweight even if they are not. Two types of anorexia are identified:

  • Restricting Type: This is the most common type. An individual will lose weight by eating less food. To burn the calories they have eaten, they may exercise regularly.
  • Purging/Binge-eating Type: This type of person may restrict their diet. They may also have periods of binging and purging. This person, unlike someone suffering from Bulimia will likely be underweight.

It can lead to serious medical complications that can be life-threatening. It includes heart rhythm abnormalities, especially in those patients who vomit or use laxatives, kidney problems, or seizures. We will create a nutritional plan to help individuals counter anxiety about eating and practice consuming a balanced range of foods of different calorie densities across regularly spaced meals. 

Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

It is a condition in which someone doesn't eat enough to meet their daily nutritional and energy needs. ARFID is not like anorexia. It does not involve any obsessiveness about weight. It is a condition where someone refuses to eat food because they don't like the texture, taste, or smell of it. An individual could also develop ARFID if they remember a traumatic event such as choking or vomiting.

  • Pica: This is a rare condition. A person with pica sometimes eats substances that aren't food. These substances may appeal to people because of their texture or taste. It may be self-soothing to eat the substance. Pica is more common in certain populations, such as pregnant women, children, and adults with iron deficiency.
  • Rumination: It is the compulsive regurgitation of food. It happens when a person eats too much. After vomiting the food, an individual may chew and swallow the food again, or they may spit the food out. For rumination to be considered, symptoms must not be a sign of a medical condition such as an upset stomach.

Treatment for ARFID by us involves an individualized plan and several specialists, including a mental health professional, a registered dietitian nutritionist, and others.

Why Seek Eating Disorder Counselling?

Why Seek Eating Disorder Counselling

Anorexia and Bulimia will tell you that weight loss is the only way to happiness. Your worth is determined by your appearance. True happiness and self-esteem can only be achieved when you love yourself as you are.

Recognizing that you have an eating disorder is the first step to recovery. 

It can be difficult to admit that you have an eating disorder. Even if you realize this isn’t true, it can still be difficult to let go of old habits.

The good news is that you can still learn the behavior you have learned. Anyone can have an eating disorder. but if you know, you have eating should consider to eating disorders counselling.

However, it is possible to get better. It's not about giving up your unhealthy eating habits. This is about finding new ways to deal with emotional pain, rediscovering your true self beyond your body image, eating habits, and weight. Our eating disorder psychologist will help you overcome any problem relating to your bad eating habits.

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Where To Start?

People with eating disorders may feel reluctant to talk to someone about what they're going through. If they suspect a problem, they may feel ashamed, embarrassed, or that they have it under control, which can make seeking help difficult. Fear plays a big part in the way eating disorders work, and even if the person wants help, they may be afraid of taking the next step.

Recovery will mean changing eating behaviors which can be a terrifying prospect for someone with an eating disorder. While this can feel daunting, the aim of recovery is to fight that fear and regain a healthy relationship with food and themselves. 

Whether the problem is more recent or you’ve been dealing with it for a while, you deserve support, and recovery is possible. Our mental healthcare professionals and eating disorder psychologists can offer psychological therapy. 

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