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Anorexia Psychologist

Mental health issues often cause individuals to feel trapped. Even if you wish for change and try your hardest to change, you may feel stuck in a difficult cycle. Professional help is an effective way to sort through the complex emotions and neurological processes that underlie mental health issues.

Eating disorders such as Anorexia are no different. However, these disorders often lead to behaviours that are very damaging to the mind and body of the person who suffers from them. That’s why Peaceful Mind Psychology is devoted to providing a safe space for Anorexia treatment in the Melbourne area.

Anorexia Can Affect Anyone

It is important for anyone who is struggling with Anorexia to understand that they are not alone. Many people suffer from an eating disorder or eating difficulty at some stage of their lives. And, everyone knows at least one person who has suffered from Anorexia. Unfortunately, more and more people suffer from Anorexia each year.

However, Anorexia can make you feel alone. The illness itself involves secrecy and often results in social isolation. These feelings can create feelings of shame and guilt. Rest assure, you do not have to continue feeling alone. Professional help with a psychologist can provide you with comfort and relief, as you face the journey of recovery together.

Learn to Spot the Early and Advanced Warning Signs

It’s important to understand the early warning signs for Anorexia, especially if you have become concerned for a loved one. Most eating disorders begin in the mind, so the very first signs are something only the individual will recognise. These include:

  • Having unusual self-deprecating thoughts about your body or specific parts of your body
  • Obsessing over what you eat, either by counting calories or becoming consumed with research into health and nutrition
  • Focus on your body shape and weight

If you experience these types of thoughts focused on food or appearance, you may like to seek professional help. While these thoughts alone may not amount to a diagnosis of Anorexia, they can be an early warning sign. Once you or a loved one acts on these thoughts, you may notice the following signs of Anorexia:

  • Skipping meals or minimising food intake
  • Excessive and intense exercise
  • Food rituals, such as arranging food in a particular way on the plate
  • Losing weight or being underweight
  • Signs of malnourishment, including hair growth on the side of the face, discolouration of the skin and thinning hair on the scalp
  • Avoidance of favourite foods or specific food groups
  • Depression and/or a loss of interest in activities and hobbies
  • Binging or purging (e.g. self-induced vomiting)

It is extremely important to seek help once you begin displaying behavioural and physical signs of anorexia. Psychology research shows that malnourishment can affect mental functioning and actually worsen body image and food obsession. A professional therapist can help you break this cycle by using therapies designed and researched to effectively treat Anorexia.