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Eating Disorder Psychologist

At different points in life it is normal to struggle with our eating habits. For example, you may engage in strict dieting that lasts only a few weeks and results in eating more than usual. It can be difficult to know when a difficulty with eating has crossed the line to an eating disorder. If you feel you or a loved one has crossed that line, it may be time to seek help.

At Peaceful Mind Psychology, we offer eating disorder help in the Melbourne area. We know just how difficult it can be to seek treatment, but we also know that professional help is a way to move forward.

While there is no such thing as a psychologist specialising in eating disorders, as no postgraduate training programs exist, our psychology practice is the next best thing. Our psychologists have focused their professional development and experience working with clients with eating disorders.  We understand and know how to treat eating disorders.

If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the following symptoms, it may be time to give us a call:

Excessive Worry or Obsession with Appearance

Everyone has certain things they don’t like about their physical appearance or things they wish were different. These types of body image concerns are not unusual. However, if you find concern for your appearance dominates your thoughts, you may need help.

You may experience these body image thoughts as intrusive. They may disrupt your daily life by keeping you preoccupied and distracted. These thoughts vary in their body focus. Some people obsess over their weight or muscle tone, others pinpoint exact parts of their body they feel need correcting. While other people wish to reduce their overall size. If you feel your life is being negatively impacted by how often you worry about your appearance, then you should consider seeking treatment.

Is Food Planning Ruling Your Life?

Worrying about appearance is often the first phase of developing an eating disorder. Beginning to exercise extreme methods of control over eating is often the next step. This can take many forms, such as:

  • Calorie counting and unhealthy restriction of caloric intake
  • Banning specific food groups or foods from your diet
  • Skipping meals or preparing meals for others without eating
  • Strict monitoring of what food is consumed every day

These are a few ways food planning can become problematic for an individual. If you or someone you know is constantly worried about what they eat, it may be time to get help.

Are Your Relationships Suffering from Your Eating Difficulty?

Sometimes, an eating difficulty can progress to the point where relationships suffer. This can manifest as an inability to go out because you are unhappy with your appearance or skipping family meals because of your strict diet. Other times it shows as an inability to focus while spending time with others, because your thoughts are preoccupied with dietary control.