Mental health is the single-most important factor when it comes to your ability to enjoy life. Those who find themselves struggling with mental health issues often feel alone. Eating disorders can be especially isolating, because they’re often associated with intense feelings of shame and guilt. This keeps people from reaching out and seeking help when they may need it the most.
Our team at Peaceful Mind Psychology takes a special interest in eating disorders. Our eating disorder treatment programs are evidence-based, which means they have been proven to work in a clinical setting. Our psychologists are well trained and experienced in eating disorder therapy, and understand just how complicated life can become with an eating disorder.
Eating disorders can arise from multiple sources. Often they start with poor body image and strict dieting. It is not uncommon for people with eating disorders to experience a life issue or difficulty in their relationships prior to becoming unwell. Research also shows that eating disorders are more likely to arise if there is a family history. However, there is no one single cause that explains why an eating disorder develops.
At Peaceful Mind Psychology we are well acquainted with the various factors that contribute to an unhealthy relationship with body image and food. It’s never exactly the same for any two people. However, there is tremendous comfort in knowing that others do feel the same as you. We have helped many clients who suffer from eating difficulties overcome their troubles and get back to living life on their terms.
Often times, people with this disorder will only binge in private. This can make it difficult to recognise in others, but you will be able to recognise Binge Eating Disorder in yourself. The following are signs that you may be struggling with Binge Eating Disorder:
Overeating occurs in regular sessions and may involve rituals or specific patterns, such as having to watch a specific show while eating or consuming snacks in a specific order
Binging is almost always followed by feelings of shame and/or guilt
There will likely be time periods of dieting or giving up “unhealthy” foods that may even be successful for a short while
The combination of binging and dieting can result in significant weight fluctuations
These are only a few of the signs of Binge Eating Disorder. It is a complex disorder that can look different depending on the individual. Contact our practice in Melbourne if you are concerned for yourself or a loved one.
Binge eating doesn’t sound like something serious at first glance. After all, everyone is prone to indulge from time to time. While it’s not uncommon to overeat on special occasions, episodes of eating excessively with an experience of losing control may be ‘ binge eating’ and part of Binge Eating Disorder (BED). People with binge eating disorder can find it difficult to cope in their daily lives, struggle with their weight and body image, and experience low self-esteem.
While most people have heard of Bulimia and Anorexia, there is much less awareness of binge eating disorder. Psychology manual – Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) – only came to recognise the disorder in 1994 with the DSM-IV. Before then, binge eating was only considered a characteristic of Bulimia. Binge Eating Disorder has no obvious outward symptoms as with Bulimia and Anorexia, so it’s not as easy to notice in yourself or in loved ones.
Peaceful Mind Psychology is comprised of psychologists who are warm, caring and invested in your wellbeing. We have been in practise since 2015 and we have grown quickly in that time. Our devotion to kindness, honesty and empathy has contributed to this success. If you’re looking for a kind and warm-hearted approach to eating disorder treatment in Melbourne, we’re here for you.
As eating disorders are complex, we make sure that our psychologists are well educated and experienced in specialised therapies for eating disorders. This ensures you get the best possible treatment. We believe in setting goals that will help you move through the different phases of recovery, but we also understand that this must happen at your pace.
As part of our comprehensive treatment approach to eating disorders we collaborate within a multidisciplinary team, including dieticians and GP’s. We are well connected with like-minded health professionals who are educated in eating disorder treatment. We work hard within these multidisciplinary teams to achieve your therapy goals
Here at Peaceful Mind Psychology, we know how to help. Our trained therapists can offer the right treatment and support you need if you or a loved one is battling an eating disorder. We have a range of eating disorder therapists to match your specific needs and personality.
If you are reading this, you have already gotten past Step One on the road to recovery: Acknowledging you have a problem. This is the hardest step, especially if you still believe you need your eating disorder in some way – perhaps to cope, regulate your weight, lose weight or maintain control.
Seeking help can be challenging, as most people fear talking about their eating disorder and feel apprehensive about taking steps to make changes. However, our psychologists at Peaceful Mind Psychology understand how daunting treatment can feel, and therefore, we take the time to collaborate with you to take steps at your pace.
We know that it can be scary to seek help for your eating disorder. However, once you make an appointment with one of our psychologists, they will take the time to make you feel comfortable and work towards gaining a shared understanding of your struggles.
Research shows that you are more likely to recover with specialised treatment than simply “will-power”, using self-help books, or familial support. Our therapists are experienced and trained to help you on the road to eating disorder recovery.
We know how difficult it can be to ask for help, but it is an important step in recovery. Even if you don’t talk with a professional, opening up to a trusted family member or friend can bring immense relief. No matter what, remember you are worth the time and effort it takes to get better.
If you feel you’re ready to speak with a professional, please contact our practice today.
It can be difficult to Find a Psychologist that is right for you. However, our Melbourne Psychology Clinic makes it easy for you: We personally match you with with one of our lovely and professional Melbourne Psychologists based on your needs and personality. We also offer psychologists who are professionally trained in Clinical Psychology and Child and Adolescents.
You will always find a comforting and relaxing environment within our walls. Our psychologists are friendly and relatable. While they are well trained in eating disorder therapy, they also take the time to adapt their approach to the individual. We know that every person is unique and we collaborate with you to achieve your goals and hopes.