Condition: Appetite Disorders

Appetite disorders, also referred to eating disorders, are a broad range of conditions categorized by eating, exercise and body weight or shape becoming an unhealthy preoccupation of someone’s life.

Eating disorders can affect a wide range of the population, regardless of age, gender or ethnic background.

Eating disorders can take many forms including:

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Other eating disorders
  • Combined subtype

Appetite Disorders Treatment

Recovery from an appetite disorder is challenging and unfortunately can be a slow, arduous process for those suffering. Treatment involves trying to balance a regular and balanced eating pattern with exploring and addressing underlying emotional problems.

Evidence shows that the earlier treatment is started the more successful it will be.

There are a range of psychological treatment approaches, which may include: motivational therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy.

Medications such as anti-depressants or anti-psychotics may occasionally be considered alongside psychological therapies for certain patients.

Medicinal cannabis can be considered for specific patients when first line therapies have not achieved adequate benefit.

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