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Eating Disorders Therapy

Our counsellors and psychotherapists at Aspects Therapy have helped many clients tackle the problem and become fully empowered and functional in terms of effective and nutritious eating.  We have devised a highly beneficial treatment plan where our therapists educate clients about the complexities attached to eating disorders. 

As a result, people have significantly altered their attitudes around weight, body shape and their adverse relationship with food.  The therapeutic process focuses on identifying the triggers attached to the condition, assessing the client’s cognitive and behavioural operational system to detect and correct maladaptive thinking processes. Our objective is to help our clients become empowered, to increase their self-esteem and to come to a place of true self-acceptance.

Eating Disorders

An estimated 188,895 people in Ireland will experience an eating disorder at some point in their lives.  Despite the person’s focus on the body, the source issues behind the conditions originate from human psychology.  Sufferers of eating disorders determine self-worth through body weight or physical appearance. 

Young women in particular, are at higher risk of developing an eating disorder in comparison to young males.  Because of the potential health effects associated with eating disorders, it is extremely important for those who suffer to seek medical and psychological support, in order to reduce the risk of severe physiological complications.

What Causes An Eating Disorder?

The complexities attached to eating disorders have been linked to biological, psychological, cultural, and environmental factors.  In terms of how such disorders develop, image and self-worth play a key role, along with social pressures and stressful life events, which are just some of the contributory factors attached to the condition.  In psychological terms, unresolved issues, childhood trauma, dysfunctional family dynamics, a negative body image and low self-esteem can often manifest over time through a means of eating patterns.  Eating disorders are not attributed to vanity and rarely relate to the desire for weight loss.

Behavioural Symptoms

Repetitive Dieting

Binge Eating

Laxative Abuse

Deliberate Vomiting

Eating Alone 

Skipping Meals

Excessive Exercize Patterns

Psychological Symptoms

Rigid Food Preferences

Obsession With Weight / Body Shape

Fear Of Weight Gain

Unrealistic Body Image

Discomfort Eating Socially

Depression

Anxious Association To Food

Effects Of Eating Disorders

In extreme cases, the disorder can cause irregular menstrual cycles, or stop them entirely.  Aside from the symptoms of fatigue, lethargy, fainting, and dizziness; the conditions have abnormal affects on the neurobiology of the brain and reduce neural functionality.  Eating disorders also pose a severe risk to physical health and can be potentially life-threatening.

 

Beneath Eating Disorders

Because all behaviour is purposeful, the condition can transpire either consciously or unconsciously as a means of resolving more complex issues. These disorders can be linked to coping mechanisms which manifest for the person to gain some form of self-control. In the same context, it is the person’s best attempt to get some underlying need met.

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