Get expert eating disorder help at Priory
We are still able to offer expert inpatient eating disorder treatment during this time (in line with social distancing guidance), and many of our eating disorder services, are now taking place online or over the phone. For more information on Priory’s approach to eating disorder treatment during the current COVID-19 outbreak, please access our dedicated page.
Eating disorder treatment during the COVID-19 outbreak
Dr Lorna Richards, Consultant Psychiatrist at Priory Hospital Woking and Life Works, specialises in treating people with various types of eating disorders. In this video, Dr Richards provides tips and advice for people living with an eating disorder during the COVID-19 outbreak. She explains that isolation, as well as reduced food options, panic buying and over-exercising may all be particularly challenging for those with an active eating disorder or those living in recovery.
Priory is still able to provide both outpatient and inpatient support for those with eating disorders during this time.
Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, are serious mental illnesses. They cause people to develop extremely unhealthy eating habits, and an obsession with weight and body shape. If you’re struggling with an eating disorder, you will often find that you become preoccupied with controlling your weight as much as possible, which can lead you to make unhealthy choices about food. This can have a negative effect on your physical and mental health, and can even be fatal.
However, the good news is that eating disorders are treatable and you don’t have to struggle on your own. Priory is the UK’s largest independent provider of eating disorder services and we are committed to helping you get back on track.
Our experts at Priory recognise that eating disorders are complex conditions and are unique to each person. That’s why we tailor our treatment programmes and provide bespoke therapy to everyone who seeks help with us. This means we can meet your personal needs and help you every step of the way towards a healthy future.
We have a nationwide network of hospitals and wellbeing centres to support people with eating disorders. We also offer residential eating disorder treatment at Life Works and Arthur House. Arthur House also provides a day care option.
For more information on the process for entering treatment with us, please click here.
What is an eating disorder?
Eating disorders are serious mental health conditions that can have a damaging effect on your relationship with food, as well as your weight and body image. They can also cause you to develop all sorts of dysfunctional eating habits. These may include:
- Limiting the amount of food you eat
- Eating a large amount of food in one sitting
- Developing unhealthy behaviours to influence food and weight e.g. making yourself sick after meals, abusing laxatives, exercising excessively
- A combination of these
These behaviours can be very damaging and can have a negative effect on your mental and physical wellbeing. In some cases, they can even lead to death.
At Priory, we understand that reaching out for help can be difficult. However, if you think you or someone you know may be struggling with an eating disorder, it’s important to know you’re not alone and the most crucial step is to get the support you need.
Our Priory specialists have lots of experience delivering expert eating disorder treatment. We can help you to overcome your unhealthy eating habits, work towards recovery, and take steps towards a much healthier and fulfilling life. We don’t just treat the physical side of your eating disorder; we also help you to address the underlying psychological, environmental and social influences that may have caused it in the first place. This approach helps us to maximise the benefits of the eating disorder treatment you receive and reduces the risk of you relapsing in the future.
Remember, you don’t have to struggle with an eating disorder; specialist treatment can help you make a full and sustainable recovery, and return to a healthy way of life.
What eating disorders are treated at Priory?
We are able to provide help for a range of eating disorders at Priory, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder (BED). We can also treat other specified feeding or eating disorders (OSFED), which are also known as ‘eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS)’ or ‘atypical eating disorders’. OSFED aren’t any less severe than anorexia, bulimia or BED, it just means your symptoms don’t meet the exact requirements to get a formal diagnosis of one of these conditions.
You can read more on the signs, symptoms and treatment for each eating disorder by clicking on the links below:
- Anorexia nervosa
- Bulimia nervosa
- Binge eating disorder
- Other specified feeding or eating disorders (OSFED)
Eating disorder treatment at Priory
Our expert team at Priory is made up of:
- Other mental health and eating disorder professionals
Each member of our team is experienced and qualified, and many are published experts in the field of mental health and eating disorders. Our specialist treatment team, coupled with our national network of hospitals and wellbeing centres, mean we are well-placed to provide expert eating disorder help in a location that’s convenient for you.
The first step in your recovery journey will be for you to meet with one of our experts. We’ll be able to develop an understanding of your condition and needs, and use this to form your personalised eating disorder treatment plan.
We’re committed to working with you every step of the way, helping you identify:
- The individual features of your eating disorder
- The triggers for your unhealthy habits
- The impact your eating disorder is having on you and those closest to you
All our treatments are flexible and personalised to your individual circumstances. We offer:
A range of treatment programmes that can be either scaled up or scaled down depending on the support you need. These include:
- Outpatient treatment programmes (typically one hour per week)
- Day care programmes
- Inpatient (residential) treatment programmes
Therapy delivered in a number of different formats, including:
Lots of different therapy types including those recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE):
- Maudsley Model of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults (MANTRA)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
- Dietetic advice and support
- Supported meals
- Occupational therapy including food exposure interventions
- Body image workshops
- Parent/carer workshops
We can also monitor your physical condition while you’re with us and offer supported feeding, if needed, on our inpatient units.
For more information on the eating disorder help that we offer at Priory, you can visit our approach to eating disorder treatment page.
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