It is a persistent disorder of diet or diet-related behavior, which has a significant negative impact on the physical health or psychosocial functioning of the individual.
Types of disturbances
Anorexia nervosa: a starvation syndrome that the individual imposes to himself, because he is afraid he might go fat. Anorexic people suffer from a disturbed perception of their body and fail to recognize bodily sensations including hunger
Bulimia nervosa: it is characterized by repeated episodes of overeating (that is, taking too much food), during which the person feels he cannot control himself to stop eating.
The main symptoms of the above disorders (weight loss, reduction in food intake, weight gain, and multiple episodes of overeating on a daily basis) are accompanied by
Compulsive symptoms (consumption of specific foods)
Physical symptoms (impaired function of various organs in the body, severe metabolic disturbances)
In the acute phase, behavioral therapy and supportive psychotherapy is the choice of approach possibly assisted by appropriate medication
The goal of behavioral therapy is to restore the normal food-taking process.
Clinical Protocols apply to people who suffer from anorexia gaining weight on a daily basis and encouraging bulimic people to reduce the number of vomits on a daily basis.
As far as medication is concerned, the proper combination of antidepressants under the supervision of our scientific staff can also reduce overeating and vomiting in both anorexic and bulimic individuals.
Then, cognitive psychotherapy may help by correcting patients’ misconceptions about their needs and feelings, while family therapy by focusing on intra-family interactions can positively contribute to the patient’s unwanted behavior regarding food intake and intra-family tensions that are lying in this behavior.
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