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Highly specialised treatment for adults with Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED) in York

Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED) is a type of eating disorder that affects a significant number of adults. It is characterised by abnormal eating behaviours such as restriction, binge eating and purging, but does not fit the strict diagnostic criteria for other eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa.

By combining psychotherapy, dietary counselling, medication, and inpatient treatment (when necessary), our leading OSFED treatment centre in York helps adults with OSFED to learn healthy coping skills, develop positive relationships with food and improve their overall quality of life.

With the help of our skilled treatment team, individuals with OSFED can achieve lasting recovery from this challenging disorder.

How our OSFED treatment centre in York helps adults to recover

We've provided highly specialised treatment for eating disorders and other mental health conditions for more than 37 years. Our dedication to improving the lives of those affected by eating disorders has earned us recognition as industry leaders in the fields of clinical research and advanced therapies, and we were named the LaingBuisson Hospital Group of the Year 2020.

Our multidisciplinary team of adult OSFED specialists at Schoen Clinic York, offer highly specialised inpatient OSFED treatment as well as an advanced daycare treatment programme to help adults recovering from OSFED to reclaim their quality of life. Our specialised OSFED care for adults assists patients in managing their symptoms, regaining a healthy weight, maintaining their physical and mental well-being, and often reverses the negative effects of the eating disorder itself.

Our teams also work with patients and their families to provide the most holistic care with a high chance of recovery.

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you. Click here.

Diagnosing Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder in adults at Schoen Clinic York

Although OSFED may be less well-known than these other diagnoses, it is actually the most commonly diagnosed eating disorder according to the leading eating disorders charity BEAT.

Our leading OSFED specialists at Schoen Clinic York offer fast private assessments for adults to attain a diagnosis if one has not already been established by a GP, Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS) team or another health professional.

Adults with OSFED may present with a multitude of symptoms, ranging from restriction of food and/or sudden and extreme changes in food choices and patterns to episodes of binge eating or purging.

Other symptoms may include preoccupation with weight, shape, or the size of specific body parts, fear of gaining weight, and distorted body image.

To diagnose Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder, our adult OSFED specialists carry out an initial assessment, including tests to rule out other physical health concerns.

This can include checking for indications of amenorrhea, electrolyte imbalances, gastrointestinal issues, hormonal abnormalities, and other signs of malnutrition. If no physical concerns are present, our adult OSFED experts in York conduct a thorough psychological evaluation to determine whether the individual meets the diagnostic criteria for OSFED.

Access highly specialised private OSFED treatment for adults

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you. Click here.

Diagnostic criteria for OSFED in adults

Adults who do not meet the diagnostic criteria for anorexia, bulimia or Binge Eating Disorder (BED) should be assessed for OSFED.

To diagnose OSFED individuals must exhibit a significant clinical syndrome that causes distress or impairment of function. At our OSFED treatment centre for adults, Schoen Clinic York, our specialists seek to identify:

  • Recurrent episodes of binge eating
  • Recurrent inappropriate compensatory behaviour to prevent weight gain (self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise, or the misuse of weight loss medications or diuretics)
  • Restriction of food intake
  • Use of other compensatory mechanisms, such as fasting, severe calorie restriction, or excessive exercise, to offset the effects of binge eating
  • Disturbance in the perception of one's body shape and size or fear of gaining weight.

Specialised OSFED treatment for adults in York

Early diagnosis and treatment of OSFED can help prevent significant physical and mental health consequences and improve the patient's overall quality of life. At Schoen Clinic York, we provide comprehensive OSFED treatment that includes counselling, therapy, social engagement, medical care, and family involvement. Adults suffering from OSFED can recover and work to lead happy, healthy lives with the assistance of our OSFED specialists in York.

Families and parents play a critical role in the treatment of OSFED. If you believe you or your child may have OSFED, please get in touch with our team as soon as possible to get our highly specialised therapy. Our OSFED treatment centre in York is available to individuals over the age of 18. If OSFED has not yet been diagnosed, our adult OSFED specialists can assist in identifying the signs and symptoms, making a diagnosis, and creating an individualised treatment plan.

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you. Click here.

Adult OSFED treatment options

OSFED can be a challenging disorder to treat, as it involves a wide range of symptoms and behaviours that require a unique approach for each individual. While there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for OSFED, there are several types of interventions we offer at our adult OSFED treatment centre in York that have been found to be effective for adults with this disorder.

Depending on the stage of OSFED development and the level of care necessary for comprehensive treatment, there are two ways to access our OSFED therapy for adults.

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you. Click here.

Our approach to highly specialised OSFED treatment for adults in York

At Schoen Clinic York, our treatment for adults with OSFED has an overall structure of learning how to eat normally and developing more helpful ways of expressing emotions.

We've made it our Purpose to provide the best individualised specialist care for every patient, helping people feel better and recover faster. We tailor our OSFED therapies at Schoen Clinic York to meet the needs of each patient to help individuals return to their normal lives as quickly as possible.

An initial treatment plan will be decided upon before any treatment starts and all programme elements are bespoke to match particular needs after consulting with our world-class team of OSFED specialists.

Throughout the course of treatment for OSFED at Schoen Clinic York nutritional management is combined with psychiatric therapies that focus on psychological development.

Therapy for adults with OSFED in York

Psychotherapy is the cornerstone of OSFED treatment at Schoen Clinic York.

Psychotherapy, specifically Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), has been found effective in treating OSFED in adults. This type of therapy helps individuals identify and change harmful thoughts and behaviours related to eating and body image.

Adults with OSFED often develop unhealthy relationships with food that can be difficult to break. Our eating disorder specialists in York provide dietary OSFED counselling that can help adults develop a more healthy relationship with food and learn how to nourish their bodies in a way that promotes health and well-being.

In addition, our York adult OSFED specialists provide a range of group therapies and support groups to provide an extra layer of assistance and motivation for adults recovering from OSFED.

For adults with severe OSFED symptoms, our inpatient treatment in York can provide a controlled environment where individuals can receive intensive therapy and support to help them overcome their disordered eating behaviours.

Our inpatient treatment for adults with OSFED includes medical monitoring, individual and group therapy, and nutritional counselling.

Our highly specialised hospital in York for adults with OSFED

Schoen Clinic York is a 13-bed specialist eating disorder hospital for adults, based on the ground floor of Minster Grange just outside the historic city of York. Adults with OSFED are treated in a peaceful, welcoming environment at our eating disorder treatment centre.

There is a great balance of therapy rooms for individual or group therapy, bright and open circulation areas and patient relaxation areas.

In our designated occupational therapy dining room and kitchen, patients can practise preparing meals while families can eat together.

We also have a spacious garden that offers adults recovering from Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder a peaceful outdoor space to connect with nature.

Our multidisciplinary team (MDT) of highly experienced adult OSFED specialists

Our highly experienced multidisciplinary team (MDT) of eating disorder specialists in York are responsible for providing care for adults receiving OSFED treatment at our hospital. The MDT consists of:

  • Consultant Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists (and Assistant Psychologists)
  • Nurses (Lead, Senior Staff Nurses)
  • Healthcare Assistants
  • Social Workers
  • Dietitians
  • Therapists

Our MDT works together to ensure that each patient receiving OSFED treatment achieves the best possible outcome.

Patient testimonial - November 2022

"I am so glad that circumstances led me to Schoen Clinic York.

I cannot begin to understand why the team would even consider taking me on with all my stipulations about treatment and my significant history of challenging behaviour.

So although it still totally mystifies me, I am really glad that you did take me on. And I thank you from the bottom of my heart for holding the hope for me that I could not hold for myself.”

We're part of an award-winning hospital group specialising in mental health and eating disorders

Our OSFED treatment centre for adults may be in York, but we're part of a leading hospital group with locations across the UK and internationally. At Schoen Clinic York we welcome patients from around the UK for specialist bulimia treatment.

We regularly treat patients from outside the immediate area because we're recognised for providing highly specialised treatment for eating disorders including bulimia nervosa.

Schoen Clinic UK Group is an internationally renowned hospital group that specialises in the treatment of mental health conditions and eating disorders.

Together with our leading adult hospital in York, Schoen Clinic also operates a highly specialised children's and adolescent hospital in Birmingham as well as an outpatient eating disorder and mental health clinic in Chelsea, London.

Ready to access highly specialised private OSFED treatment in York?

Our caring team of adult eating disorder specialists in York are on hand to help adults with OSFED access the treatment they need.

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you. Click here.