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Unlike most mental health issues, eating disorders usually manifest in physical health complications. On top of that, it can get in the way of you enjoying life and can have severe damage to your self-esteem. These are a few of the primary reasons why early intervention is essential.

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Top Eating Disorder Therapy related questions

Eating disorders are so complex and can have different signs. But if you feel like you have an unhealthy obsession with food, body weight, or body shape, that might be the time for you to go to an eating disorder therapist. Some telling signs can also include rapid weight loss, severe food restriction, food binges or food purging behaviours like vomiting or over-exercising.

It depends on how severe your eating disorder is, how long you have had it, the specific goals you want to achieve and the therapy process you prefer. Your Tasker is the best person to talk about this with because they can thoroughly assess your needs and identify which type of eating disorder therapy is the right one for you.

You should look for their qualifications, credentials, and experience. They should have a specialised background in working with people with eating disorders and have successfully progressed with them. Being able to understand that the root cause of your condition is highly important. They should also be patient, understanding, sensitive and respectful.

There’s no definitive timeline for recovery. Because it’s so complex, it varies per disorder, from person to person and can depend on the kind of environment you are in. Some people take a few months, while others need years to recover fully. Some people relapse and go to therapy again. Consult this with your Tasker, so you can have an estimate of how much time you need for purging or binge eating disorder therapy.

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What do eating disorder therapy services include?

Eating disorder therapy helps you gain skills and the right mindset to lead you to healthier eating habits. This can also address other health problems potentially caused by an eating disorder, especially those that can be serious or even life-threatening if left untreated. Typically, eating disorder counselling involves a combination of two or more therapy methods for successful treatment. Here are some things that an eating disorder therapist near you can offer:

Nutritional therapy

One of the first steps to recover from eating problems is repairing your health and normalising your relationship with food. Your Tasker can teach you ways to understand and recognise hunger and fullness so that you can develop successful and healthy eating habits. Nutritional therapy also includes assessing your nutritional status, medical needs, and food preferences. They can collaborate with you to establish an eating routine and develop a flexible meal plan that provides adequate nutrition and helps you maintain your health and wellness.

Cognitive behavioural therapy

This kind of therapy focuses on your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and behaviours associated with things such as food, weight, body shape, and appearance. Your eating disorder therapist can teach you strategies to modify distorted and negative thoughts and manage and cope with your emotions. In addition, you will gain problem-solving skills to deal with challenging situations relating to bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa, like using your mind to calm and relax your body. 

Family-based therapy

In family therapy, family members are empowered to play an active and vital role in treating your eating disorder. They are heavily involved in helping you restore a healthy weight and maintain healthy eating patterns. Your Tasker can also teach them how to manage and interrupt unhealthy eating behaviours, such as bingeing or purging. On top of these, family-based therapy also allows members to be your active support system as you make your way towards recovery.

Group therapy

Group therapy provides a range of benefits, including education, support and acceptance. Having a support group can make you feel that you’re not alone in this disease and can help you learn empathy and compassion for yourself and others. Depending on your preferences, you can be with a homogeneous group to meet and talk with other people with the same eating disorder or a heterogeneous group with members having any eating disorder.

Binge-eating disorder group therapy usually separates anorexics and bulimics as they are different from each other. In any case, joining groups can help you relieve emotional pain, provide healing and bring changes to your thoughts, emotions, and personal relations.