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Eating disorders

Providing therapy for eating disorder sufferers in the greater Gosford and Central Coast areas

Are you spending extraordinary amounts of time in your day thinking about food? Thinking about not eating and what you should and shouldn’t eat, as well as how you can exercise to control your weight? If you are, you may have an eating Disorder. Eating Disorders involve an intense preoccupation with eating and weight that overrides all other aspects of life. Whilst a distorted sense of body image is mostly associated with young women, increasingly, young men are also developing eating disorder related difficulties. The two main types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia.

Anorexia nervosa is about restricting food intake because you believe that you’re overweight when, in reality, you may be medically underweight. Anorexia is typically associated with perfectionism and a sense that you have no or very little control in your life; so controlling food intake becomes the means of regaining some type of control.

Bulimia involves eating excessive amounts of food, in a short period of time, and then purging, using laxatives or engaging in excessive exercise. The binging is often described as a way of managing difficult emotions such as sadness, depression, anxiety, grief, anger and stress.

If you suffer from an eating disorder, we can help you to explore how the disorder developed and help devise a treatment plan that will lower your anxiety about food and improve your sense of self.

The Australian Psychological Society has useful information about Eating Disorders.

For more information about therapy and counselling for eating related difficulties please contact us.