Get expert eating disorder help at Priory
Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, are serious mental illnesses that are characterised by severe disturbances in an individual’s eating habits, and an obsession with weight and body shape. A person with an eating disorder typically becomes preoccupied with controlling their weight, which can lead them to make unhealthy choices about food. This can have an extremely detrimental effect on their physical and psychological wellbeing, and can even be fatal.
Priory is the UK’s largest independent provider of eating disorder treatment, with hospitals and wellbeing centres across the country offering expert eating disorder treatment. At Priory, we recognise that eating disorders are complex conditions and are unique to each individual. As such, we tailor our eating disorder treatment programmes to meet the personal needs of each patient and offer bespoke therapy in order to produce the most positive outcomes for each individual who seeks support with us.
What is an eating disorder?
Eating disorders are complex mental health conditions that are characterised by severely disrupted eating habits, and an obsession with appearance, body shape and weight. This preoccupation can lead sufferers to interact with food in unhealthy ways, which may include:
- Limiting the amount of food that they eat
- Eating large quantities of food in one sitting
- Developing unhealthy behaviours to influence food and weight e.g. induced vomiting, laxative abuse, excessive exercise
- A combination of the above
These destructive actions can have a profoundly negative effect on individuals’ mental and physical wellbeing, and for some people, can even result in death.
At Priory, we understand that it can be difficult to seek help for an eating disorder. However, if you think that you or someone that you know may be suffering from an eating disorder, it is important to know that you are not alone and the most crucial first step is to seek expert help.
Our Priory specialists have a wealth of experience in delivering exceptional treatment for a range of eating disorders, helping people to overcome their destructive eating habits, work towards recovery, and lead much healthier and fulfilling lives. Our expert approach doesn’t just treat the physical consequences of a patient’s eating disorder, but also aims to address the underlying psychological, environmental and social influences that underpin it. This approach has been found to maximise the lasting benefits of treatment and reduce the risk of relapse.
What eating disorders are treated at Priory?
We are able to provide expert treatment for a range of eating disorders at Priory, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder (BED). We are also able to treat other specified feeding or eating disorders (OSFED), also known as ‘eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS)’ or ‘atypical eating disorders’. These conditions are no less severe than definitive diagnoses of anorexia, bulimia or BED, it just means that the symptoms do not meet the exact requirements in order to receive a formal diagnosis. You can read more on the signs, symptoms and treatment for each type of eating disorder, by accessing the links below:
- Anorexia nervosa
- Bulimia nervosa
- Binge eating disorder
- Other specified feeding or eating disorders (OSFED)
Eating disorder treatment at Priory
Our expert eating disorder team at Priory consists of highly skilled psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, nurses and other mental health professionals, many of whom are published experts in their field. Priory’s exceptional treatment team, coupled with our extensive national network of mental health hospitals and wellbeing centres, mean that we are extremely well-placed to deliver expert eating disorder treatment, in a location that is convenient for you.
Your journey towards recovery from your eating disorder starts with one of our highly trained specialists developing a comprehensive understanding of the nature of your condition and your individual requirements. Our experts will work closely with you every step of the way, identifying the unique features of your eating disorder, triggers for your unhealthy eating habits and the impact that this is having upon both you and the people who are closest to you. This information is then used to formulate a bespoke treatment plan that ultimately empowers you to regain control and resume the healthy and fulfilling life that you deserve.
All of our treatments are flexible and can be tailored to your specific requirements and personal circumstances. We offer a range of treatment programmes that can be either scaled up or scaled down according to the intensity of the support that you require. 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:
Tried and tested 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 are also able to offer medical monitoring by eating disorder psychiatrists and ward doctors, if this is needed. Where intensive input is required, supported feeding e.g. nasogastric feeding, may be recommended on our inpatient units.
For more information on the eating disorder treatment that we offer at Priory, you can view our approach to eating disorder treatment page.