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Thomas Theodosiou, Clinical Therapist & Clinical Neuropsychologist

Thomas Theodosiou, Clinical Therapist & Clinical Neuropsychologist

Thomas is a Lecturer in Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology (B.Sc. and M.Sc. programs), an accredited MSc Clinical Neuropsychologist-Cognitive Neuroscientist and BSc Psychologist with specialized training-PG Dip in Medical Psychology and PG Dip CATs.

Specialities:

Abuse, Addictions, ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Autistic Spectrum, Behavioral Health, Boost Productivity, Burnout, Career Coaching, Confidence, Crisis Intervention, Dealing With Long-term Illnesses, Depression, Divorce Counselling, Eating Disorders, Emotional Self-regulation, Existential Crisis, Grief, Healing Negative Past Emotions, Improving Communication, Infertility Counselling, LGBTQ+ Counselling, Low Self-esteem, Mood Disorder, OCD, Panic Attacks, Parental Counselling, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Pre-marital Counselling, Psychosis, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Schizophrenia, Self-harm, Sexual Intimacy Issues, Stress Management, Suicidal Tendencies, Work-stress

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Thomas is a Lecturer in Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology (B.Sc. and M.Sc. programs), an accredited MSc Clinical Neuropsychologist-Cognitive Neuroscientist and BSc Psychologist with specialized training-PG Dip in Medical Psychology and PG Dip CATs.

Specialities:

Abuse, Addictions, ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Autistic Spectrum, Behavioral Health, Boost Productivity, Burnout, Career Coaching, Confidence, Crisis Intervention, Dealing With Long-term Illnesses, Depression, Divorce Counselling, Eating Disorders, Emotional Self-regulation, Existential Crisis, Grief, Healing Negative Past Emotions, Improving Communication, Infertility Counselling, LGBTQ+ Counselling, Low Self-esteem, Mood Disorder, OCD, Panic Attacks, Parental Counselling, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Pre-marital Counselling, Psychosis, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Schizophrenia, Self-harm, Sexual Intimacy Issues, Stress Management, Suicidal Tendencies, Work-stress

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Julieta Carrasco, Clinical & Counselling Psychologist

Julieta Carrasco, Clinical & Counselling Psychologist

Julieta is a woman, a mother and a Psychologist. She feels very passionate about her profession.

Specialities:

Anxiety (mild to moderate), Depression (mild to moderate), Postpartum depression, Suicidal Tendencies, Self-harm, Personality Disorders, Dealing with long term illnesses (i.e. cancer, etc), LGBTQ+ issues, Sexual Intimacy issues, Couples counselling, Family counselling, Panic attacks, Sleeping better, Pre-marital counselling, Trauma, Work-stress, Behavioral health, Crisis Intervention, Eating disorders, Phobias, Grief, Burnout, ADHD, OCD, Infertility counselling, Divorce counselling, Relationship Issues, Anger Management, PTSD, Sleeping disorder and International Relocation (Families moving abroad).

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Julieta is a woman, a mother and a Psychologist. She feels very passionate about her profession.

Specialities:

Anxiety (mild to moderate), Depression (mild to moderate), Postpartum depression, Suicidal Tendencies, Self-harm, Personality Disorders, Dealing with long term illnesses (i.e. cancer, etc), LGBTQ+ issues, Sexual Intimacy issues, Couples counselling, Family counselling, Panic attacks, Sleeping better, Pre-marital counselling, Trauma, Work-stress, Behavioral health, Crisis Intervention, Eating disorders, Phobias, Grief, Burnout, ADHD, OCD, Infertility counselling, Divorce counselling, Relationship Issues, Anger Management, PTSD, Sleeping disorder and International Relocation (Families moving abroad).

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Clarina Plessis, Psychotherapist & Trauma Specialist

Clarina Plessis, Psychotherapist & Trauma Specialist

Clarina is an experienced Psychotherapist who specializes in Trauma as well as Loss and the manifestations thereof such as Anxiety, PTSD and Burnout.

Specialities:

Abuse, Addictions, ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Behavioral Health, Boost Productivity, Burnout, Career Coaching, Confidence, Couples Counselling, Crisis Intervention, Dealing With Long-term Illnesses, Depression, Divorce Counselling, Eating Disorders, Emotional Self-regulation, Existential Crisis, Family Counselling, Grief, Healing Negative Past Emotions, Hypnotherapy, Improving Communication, LGBTQ+ Counselling, Low Self-esteem, Mood Disorder, OCD, Panic Attacks, Parental Counselling, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Pre-marital Counselling, Procrastination, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self-harm, Sexual Assault, Sexual Intimacy Issues, Sleeping Better, Stress Management, Suicidal Tendencies, Trauma, Work-stress

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Clarina is an experienced Psychotherapist who specializes in Trauma as well as Loss and the manifestations thereof such as Anxiety, PTSD and Burnout.

Specialities:

Abuse, Addictions, ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Behavioral Health, Boost Productivity, Burnout, Career Coaching, Confidence, Couples Counselling, Crisis Intervention, Dealing With Long-term Illnesses, Depression, Divorce Counselling, Eating Disorders, Emotional Self-regulation, Existential Crisis, Family Counselling, Grief, Healing Negative Past Emotions, Hypnotherapy, Improving Communication, LGBTQ+ Counselling, Low Self-esteem, Mood Disorder, OCD, Panic Attacks, Parental Counselling, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Pre-marital Counselling, Procrastination, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self-harm, Sexual Assault, Sexual Intimacy Issues, Sleeping Better, Stress Management, Suicidal Tendencies, Trauma, Work-stress

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Michel Alhaddad, Clinical Psychologist & CBT therapist

Michel Alhaddad, Clinical Psychologist & CBT therapist

Michel is a Clinical and Educational psychologist. He has a passion for helping others and an ability to build unique relationships with children, youth and adults.

Specialities:

Abuse, ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Burnout, Confidence, Couples Counselling, Depression, Emotional Self-regulation, Family Counselling, Grief, Low Self-esteem, OCD, Panic Attacks, Parental Counselling, Personality Disorders, Phobias, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self-harm, Sleeping Better, Stress Management, Trauma, Work-stress

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Michel is a Clinical and Educational psychologist. He has a passion for helping others and an ability to build unique relationships with children, youth and adults.

Specialities:

Abuse, ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Burnout, Confidence, Couples Counselling, Depression, Emotional Self-regulation, Family Counselling, Grief, Low Self-esteem, OCD, Panic Attacks, Parental Counselling, Personality Disorders, Phobias, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self-harm, Sleeping Better, Stress Management, Trauma, Work-stress

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Enas Mashal, Clinical Psychologist

Enas Mashal, Clinical Psychologist

Enas is a senior psychotherapist with long experience in CBT, DBT, ACT, and psychotherapy based on non-violent communication. She has a very good academic and professional background.

Specialities:

Anger Management, Anxiety, Behavioral Health, Boost Productivity, Burnout, Confidence, Crisis Intervention, Dealing with long-term illnesses, Depression, Divorce Counselling, Eating Disorders, Emotional Self-Regulation, Grief, Healing Negative Past Emotions, Improving Communication, Low Self-esteem, Mood Disorder, OCD, Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Procrastination, Psychosis, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Schizophrenia, Self-harm, Sexual Intimacy Issues, Sleeping Better, Stress Management, Suicidal Tendencies, Trauma, Work-stress

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Enas is a senior psychotherapist with long experience in CBT, DBT, ACT, and psychotherapy based on non-violent communication. She has a very good academic and professional background.

Specialities:

Anger Management, Anxiety, Behavioral Health, Boost Productivity, Burnout, Confidence, Crisis Intervention, Dealing with long-term illnesses, Depression, Divorce Counselling, Eating Disorders, Emotional Self-Regulation, Grief, Healing Negative Past Emotions, Improving Communication, Low Self-esteem, Mood Disorder, OCD, Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Procrastination, Psychosis, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Schizophrenia, Self-harm, Sexual Intimacy Issues, Sleeping Better, Stress Management, Suicidal Tendencies, Trauma, Work-stress

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Kelsey Gibbs, CBT & DBT Practitioner

Kelsey Gibbs, CBT & DBT Practitioner

Kelsey Gibbs is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has a diverse background working with children, adolescents, and adults with various mental health concerns in inpatient and outpatient settings over the last 10 years

Specialities:

Abuse, Addictions, Anger Management, Anxiety, Autistic Spectrum, Behavioral Health, Confidence, Couples Counselling, Crisis Intervention, Dealing With Long-term Illnesses, Depression, Divorce Counselling, Eating Disorders, Emotional Self-regulation, Family Counselling, Grief, Healing Negative Past Emotions, Improving Communication, Low Self-esteem, Mood Disorder, OCD, Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Psychosis, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Schizophrenia, Self-harm, Sleeping Better, Stress Management, Suicidal Tendencies, Trauma, Work-stress

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Kelsey Gibbs is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has a diverse background working with children, adolescents, and adults with various mental health concerns in inpatient and outpatient settings over the last 10 years

Specialities:

Abuse, Addictions, Anger Management, Anxiety, Autistic Spectrum, Behavioral Health, Confidence, Couples Counselling, Crisis Intervention, Dealing With Long-term Illnesses, Depression, Divorce Counselling, Eating Disorders, Emotional Self-regulation, Family Counselling, Grief, Healing Negative Past Emotions, Improving Communication, Low Self-esteem, Mood Disorder, OCD, Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Psychosis, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Schizophrenia, Self-harm, Sleeping Better, Stress Management, Suicidal Tendencies, Trauma, Work-stress

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Mercedes Molle, Psychologist & Clinical Therapist

Mercedes Molle, Psychologist & Clinical Therapist

I feel very motivated by my profession and I enjoy being part of individual’s journey towards wellbeing. I consider myself to be a very empathetic and sensitive person.

Specialities:

Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and phobias. Depression, eating disorders, Personality disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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I feel very motivated by my profession and I enjoy being part of individual’s journey towards wellbeing. I consider myself to be a very empathetic and sensitive person.

Specialities:

Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and phobias. Depression, eating disorders, Personality disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Jumuga Daiana Raluca, Psychologist

Jumuga Daiana Raluca, Psychologist

I am a mother, a wife, and a psychologist. I am a social person, and have always loved to observe people and understand their behavior, emotions and thoughts.

Specialities:

Decreasing anxiety, Depression & PTSD, Changing thought patterns, Sleeping better, Emotional self-regulation, Improving self-esteem and Teen counseling.

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I am a mother, a wife, and a psychologist. I am a social person, and have always loved to observe people and understand their behavior, emotions and thoughts.

Specialities:

Decreasing anxiety, Depression & PTSD, Changing thought patterns, Sleeping better, Emotional self-regulation, Improving self-esteem and Teen counseling.

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Victoria Healey, Solution Focused Therapy & Counselling Psychologist

Victoria Healey, Solution Focused Therapy & Counselling Psychologist

Victoria Healy is a Canadian native who has been living abroad for the past 10 years, beginning at 22 moving to Tokyo to teach English.

Specialities:

Addictions, Anger Management, Anxiety, Behavioral Health, Boost Productivity, Burnout, Confidence, Depression, Eating Disorders, Emotional Self-regulation, Existential Crisis, Healing Negative Past Emotions, Improving Communication, Low Self-esteem, Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Pre-marital Counselling, Procrastination, Relationship Issues, Sexual Intimacy Issues, Sleeping Better, Stress Management, Work-stress

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Victoria Healy is a Canadian native who has been living abroad for the past 10 years, beginning at 22 moving to Tokyo to teach English.

Specialities:

Addictions, Anger Management, Anxiety, Behavioral Health, Boost Productivity, Burnout, Confidence, Depression, Eating Disorders, Emotional Self-regulation, Existential Crisis, Healing Negative Past Emotions, Improving Communication, Low Self-esteem, Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Pre-marital Counselling, Procrastination, Relationship Issues, Sexual Intimacy Issues, Sleeping Better, Stress Management, Work-stress

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Anna Paralousi, Psychologist & Integrative Psychotherapist

Anna Paralousi, Psychologist & Integrative Psychotherapist

I am a psychologist with over 10 years experience. I have studied and worked with various cultures and diverse groups of people worldwide.

Specialities:

Anxiety (mild to moderate), Anxiety (severe), Depression (mild to moderate), Postpartum depression, Autistic spectrum disorder, Personality Disorders, Dealing with long term illnesses (i.e. cancer, etc), LGBTQ+ issues, Sexual Intimacy issues, Family counseling, Panic attacks, Pre-marital counseling, Trauma.

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I am a psychologist with over 10 years experience. I have studied and worked with various cultures and diverse groups of people worldwide.

Specialities:

Anxiety (mild to moderate), Anxiety (severe), Depression (mild to moderate), Postpartum depression, Autistic spectrum disorder, Personality Disorders, Dealing with long term illnesses (i.e. cancer, etc), LGBTQ+ issues, Sexual Intimacy issues, Family counseling, Panic attacks, Pre-marital counseling, Trauma.

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Nanar Iknadiossian, Mind Specialist, Clinical Psychologist & Counselling Psychologist

Nanar Iknadiossian, Mind Specialist, Clinical Psychologist & Counselling Psychologist

Still growing! Those are the words I live by, living intentionally and reflecting on your experiences goes a long way and everyday is an accomplishment to me!

Specialities:

Anxiety (mild to moderate), Anxiety (severe), Depression (mild to moderate), Postpartum depression, Autistic spectrum, Dealing with long term illnesses (i.e. cancer, etc), Sexual Intimacy issues, Couples counseling, Family counseling, Panic attacks, Pre-marital counseling, Trauma, Work-stress, Behavioral health, Eating disorders, Phobias, Grief, ADHD, OCD, Divorce counseling, Relationship Issues.

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Still growing! Those are the words I live by, living intentionally and reflecting on your experiences goes a long way and everyday is an accomplishment to me!

Specialities:

Anxiety (mild to moderate), Anxiety (severe), Depression (mild to moderate), Postpartum depression, Autistic spectrum, Dealing with long term illnesses (i.e. cancer, etc), Sexual Intimacy issues, Couples counseling, Family counseling, Panic attacks, Pre-marital counseling, Trauma, Work-stress, Behavioral health, Eating disorders, Phobias, Grief, ADHD, OCD, Divorce counseling, Relationship Issues.

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George Saadé, Counselling & Clinical Psychologist

George Saadé, Counselling & Clinical Psychologist

Whether you have been struggling for months or a lifetime, I can help you get to the root of your suffering, and guide you to the genuine change you are seeking.

Specialities:

Anxiety (mild to moderate), Anxiety (severe), Depression (mild to moderate), Self-harm, Personality Disorders, Dealing with long term illnesses (i.e. cancer, etc), Sexual Intimacy issues, Couples counselling, Family counselling, Panic attacks, Sleeping better, Addictions, Trauma, Work-stress, Behavioral health, Crisis Intervention, Eating disorders, Phobias, Grief, Burnout, OCD, Divorce counselling, Relationship Issues, Anger Management, PTSD and Dissociative disorders.

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Whether you have been struggling for months or a lifetime, I can help you get to the root of your suffering, and guide you to the genuine change you are seeking.

Specialities:

Anxiety (mild to moderate), Anxiety (severe), Depression (mild to moderate), Self-harm, Personality Disorders, Dealing with long term illnesses (i.e. cancer, etc), Sexual Intimacy issues, Couples counselling, Family counselling, Panic attacks, Sleeping better, Addictions, Trauma, Work-stress, Behavioral health, Crisis Intervention, Eating disorders, Phobias, Grief, Burnout, OCD, Divorce counselling, Relationship Issues, Anger Management, PTSD and Dissociative disorders.

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Moses Koh, NLP Practitioner & Clinical Hypnotherapy

Moses Koh, NLP Practitioner & Clinical Hypnotherapy

I was previously practicing at Camden Medical Centre, and I had worked with numerous clients in overcoming their chronic pain, stress and anxiety, insomnia, phobias, and smoking habits.

Specialities:

Anxiety (severe), Depression (mild to moderate), Depression (severe), Panic attacks, Addictions, Work-stress, Behavioral health, Crisis Intervention, Eating disorders, Phobias, Hypnotherapy, Burnout, Pain Management, Weight Management, Smoking Cessation, Sleep issues, Mental Wellbeing.

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I was previously practicing at Camden Medical Centre, and I had worked with numerous clients in overcoming their chronic pain, stress and anxiety, insomnia, phobias, and smoking habits.

Specialities:

Anxiety (severe), Depression (mild to moderate), Depression (severe), Panic attacks, Addictions, Work-stress, Behavioral health, Crisis Intervention, Eating disorders, Phobias, Hypnotherapy, Burnout, Pain Management, Weight Management, Smoking Cessation, Sleep issues, Mental Wellbeing.

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Dr. Sivarajan, Counselling Psychotherapist & Life Coach

Dr. Sivarajan, Counselling Psychotherapist & Life Coach

Dr. Sivarajan has been a psychotherapist and life coach for a decade. He finds positivity in all ways of life.

Specialities:

Abuse, Addictions, ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Behavioral Health, Confidence, Couples Counselling, Dealing With Long-term Illnesses, Depression, Divorce Counselling, Eating Disorders, Emotional Self-regulation, Family Counselling, Grief, Healing Negative Past Emotions, Hypnotherapy, Hypochondriasis, Infertility Counselling, LGBTQ+ Counselling, Low Self-esteem, Mood Disorder, OCD, Panic Attacks, Parental Counselling, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Pre-marital Counselling, Procrastination, Psychosis, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Schizophrenia, Self-harm, Sexual Intimacy Issues, Sleeping Better, Stress Management, Suicidal Tendencies, Trauma, Work-stress

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Dr. Sivarajan has been a psychotherapist and life coach for a decade. He finds positivity in all ways of life.

Specialities:

Abuse, Addictions, ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Behavioral Health, Confidence, Couples Counselling, Dealing With Long-term Illnesses, Depression, Divorce Counselling, Eating Disorders, Emotional Self-regulation, Family Counselling, Grief, Healing Negative Past Emotions, Hypnotherapy, Hypochondriasis, Infertility Counselling, LGBTQ+ Counselling, Low Self-esteem, Mood Disorder, OCD, Panic Attacks, Parental Counselling, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Pre-marital Counselling, Procrastination, Psychosis, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Schizophrenia, Self-harm, Sexual Intimacy Issues, Sleeping Better, Stress Management, Suicidal Tendencies, Trauma, Work-stress

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Catia Pereira, Clinical Psychologist & EMDR Therapist

Catia Pereira, Clinical Psychologist & EMDR Therapist

Catia is a Clinical Psychologist who studied psychology at the University of Coimbra, in Portugal.

Specialities:

Abuse, Addictions, ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Behavioral Health, Burnout, Confidence, Crisis Intervention, Dealing With Long-term Illnesses, Depression, Eating Disorders, Emotional Self-regulation, Existential Crisis, Grief, Healing Negative Past Emotions, Improving Communication, LGBTQ+ Counselling, Low Self-esteem, Mood Disorder, OCD, Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Procrastination, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self-harm, Sexual Intimacy Issues, Sleeping Better, Stress Management, Suicidal Tendencies, Trauma, Work-stress

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Catia is a Clinical Psychologist who studied psychology at the University of Coimbra, in Portugal.

Specialities:

Abuse, Addictions, ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Behavioral Health, Burnout, Confidence, Crisis Intervention, Dealing With Long-term Illnesses, Depression, Eating Disorders, Emotional Self-regulation, Existential Crisis, Grief, Healing Negative Past Emotions, Improving Communication, LGBTQ+ Counselling, Low Self-esteem, Mood Disorder, OCD, Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Procrastination, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self-harm, Sexual Intimacy Issues, Sleeping Better, Stress Management, Suicidal Tendencies, Trauma, Work-stress

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What is an eating disorder?

An eating disorder is a psychological condition that affects dietary behaviors, exercise and body image and leads to an unhealthy relationship with food.  

An eating disorder is remarked by persistent changes in dietary patterns and consumption that then impairs the physical, social, and psychological health of the person. It also greatly jeopardizes their well-being. In some cases, an eating disorder can be fatal as well. While anyone can develop an eating disorder, young women and girls are more at risk. According to Vogue, 1 in every 4 female students in UAE affect by an eating disorder.

What are the different types of eating disorders?

There are different eating disorder types that affect people of all age groups. The main categories include:

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Avoidant/Restrictive food intake disorder
  • Binge eating disorder (BED)
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Other specified and eating disorder (OSFED)
  • Pica
  • Rumination disorder

What is anorexia nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa is a condition remarked by starvation and extreme fixation on body size. People see themselves to be overweight, even when that is not the case. Consequently, they cut back on their food consumption and exercise a lot, alongside keeping a careful eye on their weight.

People with this disorder generally tend to be underweight, dangerously so. Hence, the mortality rate for anorexia nervosa runs high.

Symptoms of anorexia nervosa include:

  • Consumption of a restrictive diet that leads to problems like dizziness, muscular weakness, nutritional deficiencies, constipation, osteoporosis, etc.
  • Body dysmorphia
  • Extreme fear of gaining weight
  • Fixation on having a thin figure
  • Low self-esteem, depression, irritable disposition, and anxiety

What is avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder?

In avoidant restrictive eating disorders, people do not eat food because of a lack of interest in food, fear of food, and an extremely picky nature. The site of food, color, texture, temperature, and smell may cause people to turn away from it. AFRID causes severe nutritional deficiencies in patients, which can also be fatal.

Unlike anorexia and bulimia, the lack of dietary intake does have to do with body image issues. The situation is direr than picky eating. Also, in ARFID, access to food is not the reason for the lack of food intake.

Signs of avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder include:

  • Anxiety related to food consumption
  • Food interfering with social commitments
  • Lack of interest in food, in fact, going to lengths to avoid it
  • Low appetite
  • Need for a feeding tube
  • Weight loss

What is a binge eating disorder?

Binge eating disorder causes people to consume large amounts of food in a small time. The eating episodes are often on account of loss of impulse control, and people then give in to their desires.

 

People experience extreme guilt and stress after binge eating, however, they do not take any steps to undo the food consumed. Consequently, binge eating disorder causes obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular problems, etc.

 

Signs of binge eating disorder include:

  • Consuming food even when not hungry
  • Eating beyond what is required
  • Experiencing guilt about eating too much
  • Having a fast-eating pace
  • Preferring to eat alone due to embarrassment about the quantity of food

What is bulimia nervosa?

People with bulimia nervosa alternate between restrictive eating, and consumption of calorie-intensive food with intense shame afterward, causing them to take steps to avoid calorie absorption.

Essentially, people with bulimia eat too much of the forbidden foods and then feel extreme guilt. They then either use laxatives or coercive methods to vomit. Some might also fast or compulsively exercise to make up for it.

Signs of bulimia nervosa include:

  • Binge eating
  • Dental problems
  • Dizziness
  • Heartburn
  • Going to the bathroom after eating
  • Sore throat
  • Use of laxatives or similar pills

What is pica?

In pica disorder, people eat things that are not considered food per se. These include ice, soil, dirt, cloth, etc. Often, pica is associated with other health problems like autism, development issues, etc. As people can consume dangerous things in this eating disorder, therefore, they are at considerable risk for ingestion of toxic materials.

Signs of pica include:

  • Consumption of food items that are not considered socially acceptable.
  • A habit that continues for at least a month
  • Situation dire enough to require clinical attention

What is rumination disorder?

In rumination disorder, people regurgitate the food they have previously chewed and swallowed. They then either re-swallow the food or spit it out.

Rumination disorder can occur during infancy, childhood or even adulthood. Since it limits the consumption of food, hence, it can lead to weight loss and nutritional deficiency. The consequent problems can even be fatal as well.

Hallmarks of rumination disorder include:

  • Episodes occur over at least one month.
  • There are no other gastrointestinal problems or eating disorders
  • The patient may also have severe mental health problems

What is other specified feeding or eating disorder (UFED)?

OSFED refers to an eating disorder that does not fit any of the above categories. Often, people in this category experience rapid weight loss, but their BMI is still above the limit set for patients of anorexia nervosa.

What are the symptoms of an eating disorder?

The specific signs of an eating disorder are contingent on the type of the disorder, but there are some general eating disorder signs and symptoms.

Physical symptoms of eating disorders include:

  • Constipation
  • Dry and scaly skin
  • Dizziness and disorientation
  • Hair fall issues
  • Fatigue
  • GI issues
  • Low blood pressure
  • Low heart rate and pulse
  • Muscular weakness
  • Frequent illnesses because of poor immune functionality
  • Sluggish movement
  • Women have period problems

Emotional, behavioral, and psychological signs of an eating disorder include:

  • Body dysmorphia
  • Concentration issues
  • Consuming a small portion, less than what is required
  • Concern about weight loss, dieting, etc.
  • Fixation on body size, appearance, and skinny figure
  • Fear of weight gain
  • Looking at the mirror often to check for fat
  • Mood problems
  • Not eating certain foods
  • Not eating around others, or at least, happily
  • Obsession about calories, food, fat, grams, and portion size
  • Skipping meals
  • Trying fad diets

What are the early signs of an eating disorder?

Some early signs of eating disorder to watch out for include:

  • Changes in weight
  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Changes in the way food is consumed, including chewing slowly, exercising portion control and using specific cutlery.
  • Exercise, and not in moderation
  • Fixation on weight and body image
  • Fixation on nutrient content
  • Problems with body size
  • Preoccupation with calories –consumed and burnt – and body measurements
  • Sudden interest in food
  • Sudden changes in mood
  • Use of substances like laxatives, diet pills, etc.

What eating disorder is commonly misunderstood as picky eating?

AFRID eating disorder is commonly misunderstood as picky eating. While AFRID may present so, however, its underlying cause is psychological. People think they are going to die if they consume the food, so the relationship is based on trauma and fear, unlike the case of picky eating.

What causes an eating disorder?

The exact causes of eating disorders are unknown. Some risk factors include:

  • Brain changes
  • Certain personality traits like perfectionism
  • Dieting and calorie-restriction
  • Genetics
  • Social pressure to be thin
  • Stress
  • Psychological problems and mental health issues

Which eating disorder is the most common?

Anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating disorder are among the more common eating disorders.

How to deal with an eating disorder?

Eating disorder treatment can include the following:

  • Therapy
  • Medication
  • Medical care
  • Counseling, especially about nutrients

How to know if you have an eating disorder?

If you are wondering if you have an eating disorder, you need to honestly answer the following eating disorder test:

  • Do you have strict rules about eating?
  • Do you eat with others, or do you avoid it?
  • Do you struggle with having a healthy relationship with food?
  • Do you excessively worry about your weight, calories, and your appearance?
  • Do you have low self-esteem?
  • Do you hide food or hoard it?
  • Do you manipulate your GI tract by vomiting, using diet pills, or taking laxatives?
  • Do you see yourself as very fat?

If the answers are affirmative, you need to consult an expert at Fitcy Health. Only qualified experts can give you a diagnosis of an eating disorder. At Fitcy Health, the prices are competitive, and choices are aplenty, so you are facilitated in every viable way. Moreover, the option of remote therapy allows you to get help immediately, whenever, wherever.

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