In today’s instalment of mental health week tests, we will be examining eating disorders. Eating disorders are the most deadly mental illness and one of the most difficult to treat. The longer an eating disorder is left without help, the more engrained it becomes. That means the best way to help someone with an eating disorder is to get them treatment early.
Often time’s people deny they have an eating disorder, even to themselves. Thankfully, there are a number of tests that can help assess if someone has an ED. It is important to remember that these test are not diagnosis but they can be a good indicator. The test bellow is called the SCOFF questionnaire. It is designed to help non-professionals understand assess the likelihood that they have an eating disorder.
Answer each question yes or no:
Do you make yourself sick because you feel uncomfortably full?
Do you worry you have lost control over how much you eat?
Have you recently lost more than one stone in a 3 month period?
Do you believe you are fat when others say you are thin?
Would you say that food dominates your life?
If you answered yes on two or more of these questions, you may have anorexia or bulimia.
If you get a score of 2 or higher you should consult a doctor or trained eating disorder counsellor. These people will be able to better determine if you have an eating disorder and if so, what type.
Doctors and counsellors can also steer you toward a good treatment program. This could be residential treatment like Life Works, day care or individual sessions with a counsellor or other treatment professional.
The important thing is to catch the eating disorder early so that treatment has the best chance of working quickly. Quick treatment can mean a quick recovery with few, if any long term consequences.
If you would like to learn more about eating disorders, please check out Life Works Eating Disorder Knowledge Centre. If you would like to start treatment or are interested in learning more about Life Works, please contact us today.