“Eating Disorder” (ED) is a collective term used for range of psychological disorders that are related to food. The best-known eating disorders are Anorexia (Anorexia nervosa), Bulimia (Bulimia Nervosa) and Overeating / Binge Eating Disorders (BED).
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Seeking professional help for your eating disorder is the first brave step towards finding balance and recovery in your life again. Read on to find out how Recovery Direct can help you in South Africa’s most advanced ED treatment programme.
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Eating disorders can develop in different ways for different people but they are generally categorised as a mental illness which can result in serious physical side effects. Recovery Direct are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of eating disorders.
There is no single reason behind why people develop eating disorders, however there are predisposing factors. Vulnerability factors can be genetic (hereditary) or psychological (personality related). Environmental conditions such as the early childhood environment can also be a factor in whether a person develops an eating disorder or not. Western culture and media are an influence in body-related disorders, especially for women.
At which point do eating disorders require residential treatment centre?
- Other levels of care have been ineffective
- There are secondary behaviours to consider
- You need psychiatric stabilisation or help
- You are medically compromised or could become so during re-feeding
- You are unable to gain weight, stop binge eating, stop purging at home or stop the behaviour
Read more about bulimia here.
Muscle dysmorphia sometimes referred to as “bigorexia” is a disorder characterised by obsessive preoccupation with the physical body image. Bigorexia is a relatively newly identified mental disorder that hinges on the obsession to have a muscular body. This disorder can take two forms: extreme sport activity or binge eating to gain weight in order to stop the perception of being ‘too thin’. Although men are primarily affected by muscle dysmorphia, it is a disorder that can also affect women. These people devote an inordinate amount of time, attention and money on vigorous exercise, stringent diets, and other nutritional supplements to enhance their bodies and get “bigger” and/or more muscular. FAQ about “bigorexia” here.
Recovery Direct’s Model For Eating Disorder Treatment
We help you to counteract disordered thoughts that trigger your problematic responses. We follow up on your daily challenges to create awareness of the things that trigger your reactions and how to handle them. Using a structured cognitive process, we create a holistic solution for you. We respect the fact that your thoughts and feelings are reflected in your relationship with food. We treat obsessive behaviours such as fasting, over-regulation (dieting and calorie counting), binge eating, regurgitation and purgation, all aimed at controlling body weight, but resulting in severe health problems. At the therapeutic level there are many effective and successful treatments, either those that hinge on cognitive behavioural therapy or of systemic orientation. The latter can be found in the literature on clinical psychology and psychotherapy. Systemic therapy has three models that have specialised in treatments for eating disorders.
- Psychological treatment: Aimed at achieving lasting changes in the distorted thoughts and negative emotions related to weight and body image or self image; involves working towards establishing an identity that helps the person feel good about themselves. Psychological treatment helps the individual avoid having to resort to food in the face of life’s challenges and problems. This treatment can take the place of individual and group sessions with other people who share the same problems and in some cases with family members (parents, siblings, partners).
- Nutritional treatment: The main function is to advise the individual on healthy eating habits and warn them about the danger of unnecessary diets and diets that are not prescribed and controlled by a competent health professional.
- Pharmacological treatment: Aimed at those affected who require medication in combination with psychological treatment, especially in cases of BN and binge eating disorder, or to resolve associated symptoms such as depression, anxiety or impulsive behaviour.