Some eating disorders do not fit neatly into the common diagnostic categories of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Overeating. When someone has disturbingly irregular eating habits that do not fall into the standard categories, it is referred to as eating disorder not otherwise specified or EDNOS. This type of eating disorder used to be referred to as an atypical eating disorder.
In these situations the sufferer can have some, but not all symptoms of the major diagnostic categories, or may exhibit other symptoms that constitute abnormal eating behaviour and may cause disruption in the patient’s life or health.
The Signs and symptoms of EDNOS
Due to the inexact symptoms to look out for, it is best to be mindful of the symptoms for Anorexia, Bulimia, Overeating and other disorders such as Orthorexia. One of the best ways to identify if you are struggling with this disorder is by keeping meal diaries. Once you have this you can start to look for eating habits that suggest an eating disorder is present. Do you go for long periods of time being severely underweight and then severely overweight? Have your eating habits undergone changes that are uncharacteristic for you? Perhaps you are no longer engaging in social activities like you used to? Are you avoiding family and friends? If any of these characteristics fit you, it’s time to consider appropriate treatment.
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How can I start EDNOS treatment at Life Works?
At Life Works we feel the only way to truly overcome an eating disorder is by addressing the mechanisms that are fuelling the behaviour. This holistic treatment will help you to determine what behaviour is triggering your negative relationship with food, whilst building tools and skills to help prevent any relapse. Life Works also has a team of highly experienced and qualified therapists who are well versed in treating eating disorders. These specialists work with you individually and in group therapy to help facilitate your recovery.
Life Works provides first rate support and guidance in the treatment of eating disorders including EDNOS. To discuss how we can help you, please call 0800 081 0700 or click here to complete a short enquiry form.