Information for General Practitioners

Eating Disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge-Eating Disorder and Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified, as described in the psychiatric manual DSM IV, are just labels which concentrate mostly on the description of a person’s behaviour. The different types very often overlap and even the top experts agree that it is difficult to make a clear diagnosis. But all of these are only the symptoms of the condition known as Eating Distress (ED).

Eating Distress is a condition where the mind culminates all of the negative assumptions the person has about him or herself. The negative mind becomes more powerful than the positive mind and has much more influence on the person’s thinking, feelings and behaviour. This state of mind develops subconsciously and the person is not always aware that they are victims of this self-destructive condition. Often we read that sufferers have a low self-esteem. However, in reality, he or she has no sense of self at all. Therefore, this condition is extremely abusive and manifests itself with highly destructive symptoms in which an Eating Disorder is one.

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