South Pacific Private does not treat eating disorders, disordered or compulsive eating.
Whilst we do not specialise in treating eating disorders, we understand that unhealthy relationships with food and eating often go hand in hand with other mental health issues and, like with other concerns, addressing the underlying reasons for this can be useful.
Eating Disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa are serious mental illnesses that can compromise a person’s physical and emotional health to the point that their life may be at risk. Disordered eating can develop into an eating disorder so it is important that people seek treatment as soon as some of the signs and symptoms below are noticed, to prevent a great deal of suffering for both the person with the problem, and the people who care about them.
Episodes of disordered eating can be related to other problems, which need to be diagnosed and treated at the same time to prevent relapse, such as depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and addictions.
Signs and Symptoms of Disordered Eating
There are many ways that problematic and disordered eating patterns present, as every person’s story is unique to their life and experiences. It is possible to have some of the following symptoms and not have a problem, however if you have concerns it is best to seek professional advice.
Getting Professional Support
Recovery from disordered eating is likely to be more successful when underlying causes and environmental factors are addressed at the same time as the presenting symptoms and problems are treated. Managing disordered eating can be challenging, exhausting and confusing when attempting it alone. For this reason professional support and treatment is strongly recommended.
Disordered eating is most effectively treated in a therapeutic environment supported by health professionals who specialize in treating the complexities of disordered eating patterns and behaviours, and the underlying issues.
Professional support and treatment from health professionals specialising in the treatment of binge eating disorders, including psychiatrists, nutritionists, and therapists, can be the most effective way to address binge eating disorder. It is necessary to concentrate on healing from the emotional triggers that may be causing binge eating and to have professional guidance in establishing healthier coping mechanisms.
These are the recommended national and local options for support:
Eating disorder help / support options: www.nedc.com.au/helplines
Support for Australians experiencing eating disorders: http://thebutterflyfoundation.org.au