Eating Disorders Counselling in Langley

Anorexia nervosa, eating disorder not otherwise specified (ED NOS), and bulimia, are the most common eating disorders. Eating disorders left untreated can become serious, affecting physical and mental health as well as social functioning.

According to the American Psychological Association, eating disorders are “behavioral conditions characterized by severe and persistent disturbance in eating behaviors and associated distressing thoughts and emotions”.

People suffering from an eating disorder have issues with food regulation, intake and body image and do not eat in regulation to the actual food needs of their body. “Eating disorder symptoms can manifest in varying degrees and are a co-morbid of other mental health issues”, comments Dr. Michael Dadson.

Anorexia nervosa symptoms include eating avoidance, eating less than the body requires or starvation. It is not uncommon for individuals affected by anorexia nervosa to binge on food then purge what they have eaten using laxatives or self-induced vomiting.

Heart rhythm abnormalities, seizures or kidney problems are examples of the serious life threatening complications that may arise. Research indicates other than opioid use disorder, anorexia the second highest mortality of any psychiatric diagnosis and should not be left untreated.

Bulimia Nervosa
It is common for those suffering with bulimia nervosa to alternate between dieting, eating foods low in calories, or binge on large amounts of foods that contain high value calories and then purge in some form (self-induced vomiting. Feelings of embarrassment or shame usually accompany binging or purging behavior that usually occur in private.

Eating Disorder Not Otherwise specified (ED NOS) symptoms may manifest as a combination of the other two conditions.

Therapy for eating disorders depends on the patient. While some people respond well to short term outpatient treatment, others respond better to long-term inpatient treatment.

Dr. Michael Dadson (Mike Dadson), states “it is important for anyone suffering with an eating disorder to seek treatment as soon as possible”.