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High quality adult eating disorder treatment at Priory Hospital Southampton

Our specialist team at Southampton possess the expertise to offer bespoke, world class treatment for a range of eating disorders. Our holistic approach addresses not only the physical consequences of your eating disorder, but also explores the psychological, social or emotional issues that underpin the illness. This enables the development of coping methods allowing long-term recovery. We are able to offer clinically excellent treatment for the following eating disorders:

Anorexia nervosa

People with anorexia nervosa typically have an obsession with being thin, a distorted body image (often thinking that they are fat when they are not), and an overwhelming fear of gaining weight. Anorexia sufferers tend to be preoccupied with keeping their weight as low as possible and often achieve this by starving themselves for long periods of time, engaging in purging behaviours whereby they attempt to remove calories from their body (such as induced vomiting or laxative abuse), and excessive exercising.

Bulimia nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is typified by episodes of excessive eating (known as binge eating), with sufferers often consuming up to four times the normal amount of food, followed by periods of self-induced vomiting and laxative abuse (purging), in order to rid themselves of the calories that they have consumed.  These binge-purge cycles are driven by an overwhelming need to control and restrict food intake, and can be triggered by stress, anxiety or hunger.

Binge eating disorder (BED)

As its name suggests, binge eating disorder (BED) is characterised by compulsive binge eating even when the sufferer is not hungry. However, unlike bulimia sufferers, those with BED do not engage in purging behaviours following binge eating. This therefore increases the likelihood of BED sufferers becoming obese and experiencing the associated complications.

Other specified feeding or eating disorders (OSFED)

Other specified feeding or eating disorders (OSFED), which may also be known as 'eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS)' or 'atypical eating disorders', closely resemble other forms of eating disorder but do not meet the exact requirements in order to receive a formal diagnosis of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or BED. As an example, an OSFED sufferer may demonstrate a preoccupation with weight and being thin, but does not fall below the weight threshold in order to be diagnosed with anorexia.

Eating disorder treatment at Southampton

Our eating disorder experts at Southampton are dedicated to delivering bespoke eating disorder treatment, tailored to the unique requirements of each and every one of our eating disorder patients. Established eating disorder treatment that we provide at Southampton incudes:

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is widely understood to be a highly effective treatment method for eating disorders. CBT is based on the principle that eating disorders are underpinned and exacerbated by dysfunctional thought patterns which can prevent sufferers from making healthy dietary choices, and cause a lack of confidence in their ability to overcome destructive eating habits. At Southampton, our experts use CBT to challenge negative thought processes, develop an understanding of why they developed in the first place, before encouraging our eating disorder patients to replace these negative, often deeply ingrained beliefs, with more positive thought patterns and behaviours.

Other therapeutic methods that are used in the treatment of eating disorders at Southampton include:

  • Body image workshops

  • Assertiveness therapy

  • Mindfulness

Supported and therapeutic meals

Patients will be supported by the nursing team to re-establish normal eating patterns and habits through the use of supervised, therapeutic meals. This part of the programme enables the patient to challenge the difficult fears and beliefs that they have around meal times, whilst practising the skills that they have developed in therapy.

Nasogastric feeding

Due to their very nature, eating disorders are typically accompanied by a range of distressing and dangerous physical consequences. As such, our specialist eating disorder treatment teams are able to tackle the physical side of these illnesses whilst also employing the above psychotherapeutic methods.

At Southampton, we are able to use nasogastric feeding if required, which consists of patients having a narrow tube placed in their nose which feeds down into their stomach. This technique allows patients to receive fluid, food and the nutrients that they need, without having to physically consume this. 

To discuss treatment options and find out how we can support you, please contact a member of our team on 0808 301 3441. Alternatively, click here to email your enquiry. For professionals looking to make a referral, please click here