Mental health and eating disorder blog articles


Latest mental health and eating disorder articles

Postpartum depression - Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week

The most common form of maternal mental health issue is postpartum depression (PPD), which affects approximately 1 in 5 new mothers.

This article explores the symptoms, risk factors and treatments available.

How do I know if I have an eating disorder?

Eating disorders commonly start at a time when you are becoming more independent, changing the way you eat and possibly feeling different about your body. 

Does my child have an eating disorder?

Eating disorders commonly develop from the age of 14. This is a time when young people are becoming more independent and parents often have less control over the food they eat.

Does my friend have an eating disorder?

You may have a friend who is becoming obsessed with food and dieting and you're concerned but aren't sure what to do.

Is there a test for an eating disorder?

In order to properly diagnose an eating disorder, a full assessment needs to be made by your GP, a specialist nurse, psychiatrist or psychologist.

Eating disorders in men

Recent figures from the NHS Information Centre suggested 700,000 men are registered as having an eating disorder, a quarter of the total number of people affected.

My child has an eating disorder

Support and advice for parents of a child with an eating disorder. The first step is to discuss your concerns with your daughter or son. Each time, emphasise that you want to offer help and support.

The effects of overexercising

Exercise is recognised as being important for physical and psychological well being. It is recommended that everyone takes part in exercise for at least 30 minutes three times a week.

Many people exercise much more frequently than that and their activity levels are not harmful. They may be working towards sport or aerobic goals and gain a high degree of satisfaction from their exercise.

Veganism and eating disorders

Specialists working in eating disorders facilities are receiving increasing numbers of requests to follow a vegetarian or vegan diet. This article explores how to safely maintain eating disorder recovery.

NICE standards for eating disorder treatment

From a patient and parent's point of view, it's difficult to know what the standards for eating disorders treatment might be and therefore to know what to expect and what a good service looks like.

What is body dysmorphia?

Body dysmorphia is the term for a condition that causes an individual to be overwhelmingly focused on perceived flaws in their appearance. This is a distorted perception – evident to the affected individual in a very different way than everyone else.

What is compulsive eating?

Compulsive eating is a type of behaviour with food: when a person eats in a way that feels out of control, has an emotional component and involves eating an uncomfortably large amount.

What is diabulimia?

Diabulimia is a term which has come into recent usage to describe people who are suffering from Type 1 diabetes and a related eating disorder. Specifically, it means people with Type 1 diabetes who omit or reduce their intake of insulin in order to lose weight.

What is mirror exposure therapy?

Mirror exposure therapy is an approach recognised as being effective in reducing body image distress. It can be used as part of a treatment programme for people with eating disorders who experience high levels of body dissatisfaction.

What causes eating disorders?

There will always be a number of factors in the development of an eating disorder and each individual will be affected by a unique combination.

There is never one simple, single cause, although sometimes there may be one factor in a person’s life which plays a particularly prominent role in his or her eating disorder.

What is Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)?

There is an emerging understanding of a developmental disorder called Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) which can lead to serious eating difficulties, together with many other social, educational and relational problems.

Occupational therapy for eating disorders

Schoen Clinic provides an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to eating disorder treatment and occupational therapy is a key part of this approach. In this way, we are able to respond to and meet the physical, psychological and social needs of each individual patient.

Resources for schools

The film has been developed with the ideal audience range of 10 to 16 in mind. This is a very wide age range; we believe the film is suitable for this age range, but follow-up discussions and work would need to be age-adjusted.

The LEAP programme at Schoen Clinic Newbridge

LEAP (Loughborough Eating disorders Activity therapy) is a well-regarded adult treatment to address excessive activity and over-exercise as components of anorexia.

Coping with post-pandemic worry

In this article, Dr James Woolley from Schoen Clinic Chelsea helps to address problems any people are facing post-pandemic.

Stress Awareness Month

In this article, we’ll look at some of the causes and cures for modern-day stress in relation to both mental health problems and eating disorders.

5 Effective Techniques to Reduce Anxiety: Combining Short-Term Coping and Long-Term Treatment Options

Anxiety is a very common mental health problem faced by people in the UK today.

This article offers 5 effective strategies for reducing anxiety, encompassing both short-term coping techniques and long-term treatment options.