Edinburgh Psychologist Dr Barbara Douglas

Eating Disorders Specialist in Edinburgh

What are eating disorders?

Eating disorders are generally considered to consist of anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and eating disorders not otherwise specified, usually referred to as EDNOS.

They affect men and women of all ages, although we are most used to seeing their media portrayal in teenage girls.

They are generally regarded as caused by a combination of factors rather than having a single cause. Factors might include, for example, low self esteem, family relationship issues, perfectionist tendencies, loss, problems with study or work, bullying or abuse.

They may occur when food and weight are used to cope with feelings such as anxiety, anger, loneliness, inadequacy, boredom, shame, failure, loss of control or sadness.

Sometimes eating problems are accompanied by other responses to distress, for example depression, anxiety and other forms of self harm.

Eating problems can cause immense distress to the individual experiencing them and to those around them and seeking help at an early stage is known to facilitate recovery.

I have a particular specialism in working with adults experiencing eating problems and managed an outpatient eating disorders service in the North West of England for fifteen years.

If you would like to seek help for your eating difficulties I would be pleased to meet you for an initial appointment where we can discuss the most appropriate way forward that might be helpful to you.

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