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Apex Practice London

Eating disorders don’t have to rule your life. The Apex Practice in Harley Street, London can help

Helping you break the eating disorder cycle

Eating disorders are a cause of substantial physical and psychosocial problems among adolescent girls and young women.

They typically begin in adolescence and may run a chronic course. Their affect is pervasive since they interfere with psychological, physical and social function.

 

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15 minutes to change your life, call for a free initial telephone assessment and find out how we can help you 0207 467 8536

The different eating disorders

The Apex Practice are well versed in helping individuals overcome their eating disorders and have unique structured approaches that take many different factors of an individual’s circumstances into account in order to help them overcome their eating disorders in a healthy and well-balanced way.

Anorexia

  • The overvaluation of shape and body weight; that is judging self-worth largely, or even exclusively in terms of shape and weight
  • Anorexia is often expressed as a strong desire to be thin, combined with an intense fear of gaining weight and becoming fat.
  • The active maintenance of an unduly low body weight (e.g. maintaining a dangerously low body weight well below BMI guidelines)

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What Can Cause Anorexia?

Generally anorexia nervosa is caused by a combination of psychological and environmental factors. However it has been identified that many women and men who suffer with anorexia tend to have the same personality and behavioural traits, which made them more susceptible to the condition.

They include:

  • Tendency to depression and anxiety
  • Always worrying and feeling fearful or full of doubt about the future
  • Being a perfectionist – having strict and demanding standards.
  • Emotional restraint
  • Experiencing unwanted thoughts and urges to do certain actions (feelings of obsession and compulsion, but not like obsessive compulsive disorder)

Combined with this, social environments may also contribute to the cause of having anorexia.

Most commonly for young women, and some men, the hormonal and emotional changes during puberty can act as a trigger. Combined with western popular culture that focuses heavily on female body image, celebrities and body imperfections; it communicates a message of thin body shapes as being perfection.

Other outside pressures include:

  • Being bullied/teased about your body shape or weight
  • Having a work environment or hobby that scrutinises your appearance, such as dance, modelling/fashion and athletics
  • Stressful life situations such as exams, job pressure or loss, relationship problems or bereavement

Signs That You Are Suffering With Anorexia

  • Skipping meals, eating very small portions or avoiding specific foods
  • Obsessively counting calories
  • Taking medication that suppresses your appetite or helps remove fluid from your body like laxatives and diuretics
  • Constantly assessing your appearance and monitoring your weight
  • Physical signs such as often feeling dizzy or lightheaded, dry skin or hair loss

How Can Counselling & Therapy At Our London Clinic Help You Overcome Anorexia?

Our psychotherapists will help you to tackle the way you think about yourself, your body and food. From this we can begin to look at changes to your eating behaviours in order to help you break free from the negative feelings you may associate with food.

By approaching our Harley Street clinic you have already conquered the first hurdle in overcoming your eating disorder. That is acknowledging that you do have a difficult relationship with food and you want to overcome it. Our anorexia therapy sessions will develop a programme that is formulated specifically to your experiences and will aim to lead you back to a long-term healthy and happy lifestyle.

Bulimia

  • The overvaluation of body weight, shape and their control.
  • Extreme weight control behaviour, e.g. strict dietary restriction, recurrent self-induced vomiting or marked laxative misuse.
  • Recurrent binge eating. A binge is an episode of eating during which an objectively large amount of food is eaten and there is a sense of loss of control at that time.

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What Can Cause Bulimia?

Generally bulimia nervosa is caused by one of three emotional issues:

  • Low self-esteem - Eating disorders are usually the result of low opinions you have of yourself. If you have body image issues, you may view restricting what you eat and losing weight as the only way of improving your self-worth.
  • Depression - The binge eating aspect of bulimia could be developed initially as a coping mechanism for unhappiness.
  • Stress - A range of high pressured and stressful life experiences or life-changing events can be the catalyst for developing an eating disorder.

Signs You Are Suffering With Bulimia

he most obvious symptom of bulimia is the cycle of binge eating and purging. Purging is the action of getting rid of food from your body by making yourself sick or taking laxatives. Along with this sufferers of bulimia tend to obsess over food and eating. They will have unrealistic views and goals on body shape or weight. They can also feel depression, anxiety and even isolation. Becoming disinterested in other people and other life events around them; focusing primarily on their diet.

How Can Counselling & Therapy At Our London Clinic Help You Overcome Bulimia?

Our psychotherapists will help you to tackle the way you think about yourself, your body and food. From this we can begin to look at changes to your eating behaviours in order to help you break free from the binge eating/purging cycle and any negative feelings you may associate with food.

By approaching our Harley Street clinic you have already conquered the first hurdle in overcoming your eating disorder. That is acknowledging that you do have a difficult relationship with food and you want to overcome it. Our bulimia therapy sessions will develop a programme that is formulated specifically to your experiences and will aim to lead you back to a long-term healthy and happy lifestyle.

Binge Eating

  • Patients who suffer from binge eating disorder will tend to overeat outside of their binges. Eating habits of patients with binge eating disorder resemble those of people with significant obesity problems albeit with binges superimposed.

Eating disorders can manifest in a variety of different ways and can be caused by a multitude of connected reasons such as social anxiety, depression, relationship problems or as a format of habit amongst many other complex reasons.

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More about Binge Eating Therapy & Treatment with Apex Practice

Indulging once in a while in a large or high calorie meal does not mean you could be suffering from binge eating/bingeing. People who consume an excessive amount of food in a fairly short period of time, with a loss of control in stopping are likely suffering from a binge eating disorder. This overeating will occur even when they do not feel hungry.

It is often triggered by an emotional or psychological trigger and after the binge, the individual will experience the overwhelming emotion of guilt and distress. For some their binge eating is planned in advance, however the same overindulgent behaviour manifests.

Signs you may have a Binge Eating Disorder

  • You eat until you become uncomfortably full
  • Even when you are not hungry you continue to eat a large amount of food
  • You choose to eat alone or in secret, in fear of being embarrassed about the amount you consume
  • You experience feelings of guilt, shame or disgust after a binge

How Can Counselling & Therapy At Our London Clinic Help You Overcome Binge Eating?

Our psychotherapists will help you to tackle the way you think about yourself, your body and food. From this we can begin to look at changes to your eating behaviours in order to help you break free from the binge eating cycle.

By approaching our Harley Street clinic you have already conquered the first hurdle to overcoming your eating disorder. That is acknowledging that you do have a difficult relationship with food and you want to overcome it. Our binge eating disorder therapy sessions will develop a programme that is catered specifically to your experiences and will aim to lead you back to a long-term healthy and happy lifestyle.

The Apex Practice can help you deal with all types of eating disorders. Call for a free initial telephone assessment 0207 467 8536