Support for Teenagers and Children with Eating Disorders
If you are concerned that your child or teenager may have an eating disorder and are looking for support, counselling or treatment we will be able to help you.
At Clinical Partners we have a team of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Counsellors who are experienced in treating teenagers and children with eating disorders.
Support for Teenagers with Eating Disorders
If you're looking for help for a young person who may be suffering from an eating disorder please contact us.
We understand that this may be upsetting for you and we are able to support you and your family at this time.
In addition, if the illness has become critical and residential treatment is required we are able to support and advise you of the most appropriate treatment options available in the UK and abroad.
Please call us now on 0203 326 9160 to discuss how we can help you and arrange for a private appointment with one of our specialists.
Signs and support for teenagers and children with Eating Disorders
Eating disorders are complex illnesses and every individual will show different symptoms. Signs of eating disorders can be categorised in three ways and most sufferers will have a combination of these difficulties:
1) Behavioural signs:
Constant or repetitive dieting – this could include calorie counting, skipping meals, avoidance, replacing meals with fluids.
Changes in food preferences – refusing to eat certain foods, making lists of good and bad foods
Avoidance of social situations where there is food
Excessive or compulsive exercising
Developing patterns and rituals around food preparation and eating
An increased focus on food, or perhaps eating very slowly or with a very small spoon
An increased focus on body weight and shape
Deceptive behaviour round food, secretly throwing food away or evidence of binge eating in private
Compulsive exercising (exercising when injured or during bad weather – refusal to interrupt their exercise and become very agitated if they can't exercise)
Change in clothing style and wearing baggy clothing
Constantly denying they are hungry.
2) Physical Warning Signs:
Sudden or rapid weight loss
Frequent changes in weight
Sensitivity to the cold (feeling cold most of the time, even in warm environments)
Loss or disturbance of menstrual periods (females)
Signs of frequent vomiting - swollen cheeks / jawline, calluses on knuckles, or damage to teeth
Fatigue - always feeling tired, unable to perform normal activities
3) Psychological warning signs:
Intense fear of gaining weight
Distorted body image (eg. complaining of being/feeling/looking fat when actually a healthy weight or underweight)
Heightened sensitivity to comments or criticism about body shape or weight, eating or exercise habits
Heightened anxiety around meal times
Depression or anxiety
Moodiness or irritability
Low self-esteem (eg. feeling worthless, feelings of shame, guilt or self-loathing)
Rigid 'black and white' thinking (viewing everything as either 'good' or 'bad')
Feelings of life being 'out of control'
Feelings of being unable to control behaviours around food
Fear of growing up/taking on adult responsibility
If you recognise any of these signs and are concerned concerned of an eating disorder in your child or teenager may have an eating disorder please do call us on 0203 326 9160 to discuss how we can help and arrange a private appointment with one of our team.
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