Eating Disorders

Coping & Dealing With Eating Disorders Through Counselling

The label Eating Disorder can lay claim to a wide variety of habits from Over eating to Anxoriea.

Such is the seriousness of each to the individual suffering from an eating disorder that it is important to point out that there is help but the insistence on wanting the help and making the commitment to ask and work at the therapy is the first step to recovery.

In todays society eating disorders effects almost every family at some stage and increasing numbers of younger people both boys and girls are suffering from this Mental Illness. For parents it is a frightening experience to watch their child as young as six develop an Eating disorder but these are facts of to-days society.

What triggers an eating disorder is different for each individual. The associations with body image/ weight/ food are different for each individual and are linked to self esteem and confidence.

The use of Counselling and Psychotherapy in helping with eating disorders along with a combination of CBT therapies and hypnotherapy [hypnosis] is a process I find invaluable when working in this area.

What Are Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviours surrounding weight and food issues. Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences for females and males of all ages.

ANOREXIA NERVOSA is characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss.

Symptoms include:


  • Refusal to maintain body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for height, body Type, age, and activity level
  • Intense fear of weight gain or being fat
  • Feeling fat or overweight despite dramatic weight loss
  • Loss of menstrual periods
  • Extreme concern with body weight and shape

Therapeutic Reasons For Women To Consider An Abortion Include:

BULIMIA NERVOSA is characterized by a secretive cycle of binge eating followed by purging. Bulimia includes eating large amounts of food – more than most people would eat in one meal–in short periods of time, then getting rid of the food and calories through vomiting, laxative abuse, or over exercising.

Symptoms include:

  • Repeated episodes of bingeing and purging
  • Feeling out of control during a binge and eating beyond the point of comfortable fullness
  • Purging after a binge, (typically by self-induced vomiting, abuse of laxatives, diet pills And/or diuretics, excessive exercise, or fasting)
  • Frequent dieting
  • Extreme concern with body weight and shape

How Counselling Can Help?

BINGE EATING DISORDER (also known as COMPULSIVE OVEREATING) is characterized primarily by periods of uncontrolled, impulsive, or continuous eating beyond the point of feeling comfortably full. While there is no purging, there may be sporadic fasts or repetitive diets and often feelings of shame or self-hatred after a binge. People who overeat compulsively may struggle with anxiety, depression, and loneliness, which can contribute to their unhealthy episodes of binge eating. Body weight may vary from normal to mild, moderate, or severe obesity.

Other eating disorders can include some combination of the signs and symptoms of anorexia, bulimia, and/or binge eating disorder. While these behaviours may not be clinically considered a full syndrome eating disorder, they can still be physically dangerous and emotionally draining.

Help with eating disorders:
Among mental disorders, treatment of eating disorders can sometimes be especially challenging — for the person with the disorder, their family and loved ones, and even for the therapist. Eating disorders are characterized in most adults who have them by a life-long pattern of eating and associating food with emotional fulfilment or coping with negative emotions. Many people who do this don’t even realize the association they’ve made. Therefore one component of many people’s successful treatment will be to help the person gain that insight.

Treatments for each of the different types of eating disorders vary somewhat. Psychotherapy is the core of all eating disorders treatment so it’s best to read more about the specific disorder’s treatment you’re most interested in. As I have stated I use a combination of Psychotherapy and hypnosis. At Billy Brogan Counselling and Psychotherapy I use my professional qualifications as a Counsellor & Psychotherapist to help the client overcome issues around eating. If you are a concerned parent or friend or indeed someone suffering in silence, unsure of how to address the above issues, please feel free to contact me

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