Eating Disorders

 

Could I have an eating disorder?

 

  • I’m always thinking about food, dieting and my weight

  • I often avoid food even when I am hungry

  • I feel guilty and ashamed after I eat

  • I often feel out of control when I eat

  • I feel better when I don’t eat

  • I will never be happy unless I reach my ideal weight

  • I rarely/never get my menstrual period

  • I often try to “get rid” of food by purging

  • I experience physical signs that my body isn’t getting enough nutrients, such as hair loss, dry skin, dizziness or lack of energy

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the best thing to do is talk to your doctor

 

Counselling

 

Counselling is a very important part of treatment. Cognitive-behavioural therapy or CBT helps you understand the thoughts, feelings and behaviours behind the disorder. Interpersonal therapy or IPT focuses on your relationships with other people. Family therapy can help the entire family understand the disorder.

 

NIMH

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