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Eating Disorders

Eating Disorder Psychologists in Adelaide

If you experience distortions of body image, preoccupation about body weight or eating habits, then you might consider talking to the highly trained psychologists at Rose Park Psychology.

We have the time and patience to carefully listen to your problems and come up with a customised therapy plan. Our team treats people of different ages, from kids to octogenarians, and helps you tackle various mental health conditions. By undergoing regular therapy sessions, you can tackle anxiety, depression, anger, and other disorders.

We are located in Rose Park and offer our services in all the suburbs of Adelaide.

About Eating Disorders
Eating disorders constitute a range of mental health conditions that lead to an unhealthy obsession with food. It involves an intricate and damaging relationship with eating, exercise, or body image.

What are the Various Symptoms of Eating Disorders?
The emotional and behavioural symptoms involve extreme mood swings, fear of gaining weight, extreme dissatisfaction with body appearance, withdrawal from others, skipping meals, dressing in layers to hide weight loss, denial of hunger, and more.

The physical warning signs include weight fluctuations, low blood pressure, stomach cramps, lethargy, menstrual irregularities, brittle hair and nails, constipation, feeling cold, etc.

What are the Different Types of Eating Disorders?
The different types of eating disorders are highlighted below:

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
  • Pica
  • Rumination Disorder
  • Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
  • Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED)
  • Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder

What Causes Eating Disorders?
Eating disorders might be the result of biological, psychological, or environmental factors.

Genetic or biological risk factors involve high body weight in childhood, deteriorating, medical history, a family history of eating disorders, or periods before 12 years of age.

Behavioural and psychological risk factors include neurodiversity, previous abuse or trauma, low self-esteem, distorted body image, perfectionism, etc. The psychological factors might involve the diagnosis of another co-occurring disease.

Environmental factors are based on the dynamics of family relationships, beliefs, and discussions pertaining to food and weight. One might also be affected by social norms, bullying, etc.

How are Eating Disorders Detected?
Eating disorders are diagnosed based on history, symptoms, eating behaviours, thought patterns, and a thorough assessment.

What are the Treatments for Eating Disorders?
Depending on the severity of the condition of eating disorder, the level of care might range from inpatient to outpatient. Evidence-based treatments like Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Family-Based Treatment, or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) usually prove to be useful. In addition to this, medication and nutrition education also come in handy.

Benefits of Seeing a Psychologist
There are several benefits to seeing a psychologist. Some of the reasons have been highlighted below:

A Safe Space to Convey Issues
A psychologist is required to comply with a set of ethical codes for maintaining confidentiality. You can express what’s troubling you without fear of getting judged or offending others. These include difficulties navigating everyday life, mental disorders, past or present trauma, etc.

Identification of Patterns
A trained psychologist can pick up patterns of behaviour by closely observing your body language and idiosyncrasies, and through emotional processing. Based on this, we come up with coping strategies that help you tackle inevitable situations now and in the future.

Research-Based Treatment
An experienced psychologist employs tried and tested practices, backed by thorough research. We understand that no two patients are alike, and implement tailored solutions, including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, etc.

No More Self-Medicating
Self-medicating is common when dealing with psychological issues. Not only is it harmful and addictive, but it does nothing to address the original problem, and rather creates a masking effect. With our eating disorders psychologist in Adelaide, you need not adopt these practices.

Change in Cognitive Processing
When you undergo a few talk therapy sessions, you observe changes in the way you think. You start to analyse various angles of a situation and focus on the positives or find a way to divert your attention. Most importantly, debilitating physical effects fade away too.

Preparing for Future Curveball
If you repress your negative emotions, they will haunt you later when you are faced with unexpected and similar situations. With expert advice from a psychologist, you can steer clear of potential triggers, react in a proactive manner, and keep your confidence intact.

Why Choose Rose Park Psychology?
Rose Park Psychology is one of the most preferred clinics for most patients due to the reasons stated below:

Experienced Psychologists
You get consultations and undergo therapy from registered and experienced psychologists. We stay updated with the latest developments in the field of psychology and attend seminars and training to adopt advanced practices to ensure better outcomes.

Tailored Approaches
We do not recommend similar therapies for every patient. Our psychologists analyse your behaviours, interactions, and personality traits to come up with customised solutions. Based on careful assessments, we suggest exposure therapy, ACT, Mindfulness, person-centred therapy, etc.

Catering to Patients of All Ages
We offer our services to patients belonging to various age groups. Our psychologists offer therapy to adults, children, teenagers, couples, and aged people. As per our eating disorder psychologists in Adelaide, the most common age of onset of eating disorders is between 12-25.

Empathetic Specialists
Due to our years of experience, we know that patients are usually anxious or might be facing various issues while visiting our clinic. However, we are easy to interact with, and our team is compassionate. We listen to your issues with the utmost patience and offer genuine advice.

Dependable Eating Disorders Psychologists in Adelaide
If you are on the lookout for highly trained and compassionate psychologists in Adelaide, you can give us a call. We will match your needs with the best psychologist for you.

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