Help with Anorexia in Derby – Call 07582 865 265 Now I have been providing help with Anorexia in Derby for many years and have found that generally it is a largely misunderstood disorder and also feel that the sufferers ‘preoccupation’ with the rigidity of behaviour(s) is perhaps on a par with a drug or alcohol addiction.
That is not to say that a patient can’t overcome the disorder, far from it, but what I’m saying is that it can take much determination / dedication and at times going against what that ‘controlling’ part of you is telling you to do. Therefore, I cannot stress highly enough that for you to be successful when I provide help with Anorexia in Derby, thus overcoming this disorder, you will need to be at that point where you are REALLY ready to help yourself overcome it and involve yourself in the therapy, rather than paying lip service to this aspect of recovery. Therapy is something that you do, not something that you get !
Symptoms for this disorder are as follows:
- Refusal to maintain body weight over a minimally normal weight for your age and height. Thus a weight loss leading to less than 85% of expected weight.
- Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming (perceived as) fat, even though under weight.
- ‘Disturbance’ in the way that body weight, size (or shape) is experienced.
- Loss of menstrual cycle for at least three consecutive months.
In providing help with Anorexia in Derby many believe that Anorexia is of recent origin; however, patients with such a disorder have been described by doctors from the 17th century. Interestingly, most sufferers come from respectable homes or affluent families and many do not seek professional help with the problem. It is generally seen that this is a female problem, however it does also affect males too, however, it is generally felt that for every 15 females with an eating disorder there is one male.
Why does it occur ? The popular opinion is that the sufferer has a problem with food and / or wants to diet, and of course this is / can be a factor, but equally so, it could be perhaps they have say matured earlier than their peers and perceive themselves as fat or overweight, or feel uncomfortable growing into an adult. There may have been critical events such as teasing or bullying about their size or shape. If this is at a time of increased stress such as a new school, leaving school, a new job, bereavement, break up of friendship or problems at home may possibly develop towards ‘out of control’ thoughts / feelings. They strive to maintain control but have no idea how to in this strange environment. Of course, as already indicated, the strongest element into developing an eating disorder is the beginning of dieting, and thus, it can become that this becomes one area of their life that they can control.
Symptoms of the disorder can include the following:
- Feelings of euphoria or disorientation
- Hair loss or thinning
- Intense fear of becoming fat
- Hands swell
- Incorrect body perception
- Rigid dieting
- Compulsive exercising
- Panic with smallest increase in weight
- Rigid lifestyle
- Facial hair
- Feeling cold
- Irregular heartbeat
- Slow heartbeat
- Loss of menstrual cycle
- Inability to obtain pleasure
- Wears large or baggy clothes to hide thin body
- Muscle wasting
- Organ deterioration
- Risk of osteoporosis
Clearly this list is not exhaustive
As indicated, the need to want to recover is paramount. Areas I tend to work within include the following (in no particular order) :
- Increasing respect for themselves
- Reducing anxiety, stress levels and showing they have the ability to relax and change.
- Increase confidence and self esteem.
- To realise what they are in control of & what they are not in control of.
- Increase their self control
- To gently progressively guide client into realising that change IS possible.
- Alleviating old patterns of thinking. What has happened in the past is not the same as the future.
- Expectations of doing the same old things can be changed
- Allowing client to find their own new perspectives.
- Teaching self Hypnosis and progressive relaxation, especially utilising visualisation techniques before eating.
- Reducing guilt
- Facilitate further changes.
- Dealing with new ways to think for the future.
- Introduce better coping skills.
- Being able to say NO and feel good.
- Reduce perfectionism
- To realise that there will always be obstacles & problems in life – that’s reality.
In providing help with Anorexia in Derby I normally I carry out therapy over 6-8 (ideally) weekly sessions, each session lasting an hour at a cost of £60.00 per session (May 2013). I always offer a free consultation which lasts around an hour and allows me to build up an overall picture of you and discuss the best way forward. It also allows you to meet me, to ask any questions that you may have and to feel comfortable with me and what I have to say. As you would expect everything is in total confidence. Why not browse through the rest of my website by either going to the “Welcome” icon at the top of this page or logging on to www.alexanderpractice.co.uk Contact either via telephone on Derby (01332) 559 126 or Mob. 07582 865 265 or Email via the contact page of the website or firstname.lastname@example.org I look forward to hearing from you. Geoffrey Schofield D.CBT D.Hyp