The London Practice Counselling & Psychotherapy for Harley Street, Chelsea & central London

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The London Practice specialises in the treatment of eating disorders

We have training in addiction from the renown Hazelden Foundation, as well as eating disorder treatment training through PROMIS Recovery Centre.

Often individuals with eating disorders are able to hide their weight loss, weight fluctuations or even weight gain from those around them. It is only through health issues or other types of situations that the eating disorder eventually gets noticed. However, it is never too late to treat these potentially life-threatening conditions.

For individuals in the Mayfair and Chelsea areas we provide a leading psychotherapy practice, offering professionals with extensive experience in the treatment of eating disorders.

Understanding The Signs

It is a common mistake to assume that eating disorders and body image disorder is only found in teenage girls. These two conditions can be found in pre-teens and older adults as well, although the mid- to late-teens tends to be the most common age of occurrence. Males as well as females can develop eating disorders and body image disorders.

Eating disorders are not just a mental health issue. When left untreated they can become more significant and result in short- and long-term health concerns, and the risk of loss of life is sometimes a possibility. The professionals at The London Practice have experience in working with clients in these extreme situations, as part of an overall treatment team which includes medical professionals and nutritionists.

The signs of eating disorders will vary based on the specific disorder present. Anorexia nervosa is associated with extreme dieting and restricted eating, often reducing intake to just a few hundred calories per day. Signs of anorexia include:

  • Dressing in layers to hide significant weight loss and to keep the body warm
  • Extreme fixation and focus on food, calories, exercise, and diet
  • Avoiding meals or eating with others
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Digestive problems including constipation and abdominal pain
  • Dry skin and nails
  • Hair loss on the head or growth of fine, downy hair on the body
  • Fainting and dizziness.

Bulimia Nervosa is characterised as binging and purging behaviour. These individuals will:

  • Secretly eat excessive amounts of food in a short period of time
  • Make excuses to go to the bathroom or leave the room after eating to purge through self-induced vomiting
  • Excessive use of laxatives and diuretics
  • Show signs of dental problems, due to vomiting and the contact of stomach acid with the teeth.

Binge eating includes the binging seen in bulimia, but the individual does not purge. These individuals tend to gain weight over time, which only increases the behaviour. Common signs of binge eating are:

  • Large numbers of food wrappers hidden away from others
  • Secreting away to binge eat, while not eating in public
  • Restrictive dieting around others with weight gain rather than weight loss noted
  • Low self-esteem and feelings of shame and guilt.

If you or a loved one is exhibiting the signs of an eating disorder, the professionals at The London Practice in Harley Street can work with you to learn new, effective and healthy coping strategies.

Contact us to find out more about how we might be able to help. Call us on 07809 668193, or use our secure email contact form.

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