What is an Eating Disorder?
Anorexia nervosa is a psychological disorder characterised by self-starvation, very often excessive exercise, and weight loss. Anorexia nervosa is subcategorised into restrictive (starvation) and purging (including bingeing and purging or excessive exercise). While it has psychological origins, it also obviously affects physical wellbeing.
Bulimia nervosa is a serious eating disorder characterized by frequent episodes of binge eating followed by extreme efforts to avoid gaining weight, often by vomiting or exercising to excess. This repetitious binge-and-purge cycle can cause damage to your digestive system and create chemical imbalances in the body that harm the functioning of major organs, including the heart. It can even be fatal.
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is commonly known by compulsive overeating or consuming abnormal amounts of food while feeling unable to stop and at loss of control.
Frequent episodes of binge eating involving the consumption of a large amount of food in a short period of time. Binge episodes will be accompanied by a loss of control over eating and the inability to stop the binge
How can Imani help with your Eating Disorder Treatment in South Africa?
Imani Specialised Eating Disorder Unit is one of the most extensive programs in South Africa providing comprehensive and individually tailored care for those struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and co-occurring disorders. Led by eating disorder experts, Imani is chosen for its superior medical and psychiatric treatment, innovative therapies, individualised aftercare, alumni support and family involvement. Imani is recognised as leaders in the field of eating disorders, with an unparalleled treatment program and approach. The specialised inpatient programme offers a range of therapeutic opportunities and interventions designed to interrupt maladaptive behaviour patterns and promote behavioural and emotional growth and change.
Our program includes:
- Individualised counselling
- Therapeutic groups
- Schema Therapy
- Nutritional counselling and guidance
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Life skills groups
- Creative expression
- Trauma debriefing
- Eating disorder support groups
- Interpersonal groups
- Art therapy
- Step work groups
- Focus groups
- Emotion focused therapy
- Monitored exercise
- Relapse prevention and discharge planning