All of us experience psychological difficulties at one time or another in our lives. For personal and legitimate reasons, you may find yourself unable to muster the necessary resources in yourself or in your entourage to cope with the situation. A professional can help you overcome these obstacles. It has been shown that people with an eating disorder (ED) who receive professional help have a significantly better chance of recovering.
If you or if you think someone in your entourage would answer “yes” to several of these questions, a thorough evaluation is essential. Eating disorders are progressive, insidious and self-destructive conditions. The sooner a person gets help the sooner they can begin the process of correcting their disorder related to weight and body thinness.
Answer “Yes” or “No” to the following questions.
Do you or does someone in your entourage:
• Constantly think of food, body weight or physical appearance?
• Have a great fear of gaining weight?
• Become anxious before or after eating?
• Feel guilty after eating?
• Spend long periods of time without eating or eating very little?
• Feel embarrassed to eat in front of others?
• Feel uncomfortable regarding your/their body weight or physical appearance?
• Weigh yourself/themselves several times a day?
• Cut food into tiny pieces or hide food?
• Exercise excessively?
• Vomit after meals?
• Use laxatives in the hope of preventing weight gain?
• Eat large amounts of food without being able to stop?
• Eat when bored, sad or depressed?
• Believe that food controls life?
• Experience dizzy spells for no apparent medical reason?
• Have you or someone close to you lost or gained considerable weight over a short period of time?
• Have you or someone close to you failed to menstruate for at least three months?
• Have you or someone close to you been confronted by family or friends because of a weight problem?
Why call on BACA?
For over 15 years, we have had the privilege of welcoming thousands of people to the BACA Clinic. We know that it takes courage to break the silence, overcome the isolation and ask for help. But rest assured, you will be welcomed with gentleness, openness and tolerance by our team of professionals specializing in the treatment of EDs, in a comforting environment that inspires confidence.
Someone with an eating disorder suffers greatly, even if this distress is not always apparent. It is a severe condition that is both complex and difficult to understand. The recovery process can also be painful, long and laborious. That’s why it is important to adopt an attitude of openness, empathy, and patience toward oneself and others. Although there are several possible treatments of EDs, the BACA Clinic recommends a multidisciplinary approach in order to take into account the different areas of functioning that are affected: psychological, nutritional and medical.
According to ANRED, a non-profit organization that provides information on eating disorders, following treatment about 60% of persons suffering from an eating disorder fully recover, 20% recover partially and the remaining 20% show no improvement.
Factors that facilitate change
• Become aware of the behaviour that needs changing
• Believe in your ability to change
• Examine the reasons which led you to adopt this behaviour
• Adopt an attitude of compassion for your past actions
• Find new ways to meet your needs
• Identify your resources
• Seek help
• Do extensive testing
• Show tenacity
How long does it take to recover?
The answer varies from one individual to another. However, we know that recovery from an ED is spread over a long period of time, ranging from several months to several years. Multiple factors come into play:
• Recognition of the existence of a problem
• Establishment of a relationship of trust between the therapist and the person seeking advice
• Motivation, commitment and persistence in the therapeutic work
• Involvement and support of the family or network of relatives
• Collaboration among the various professionals involved in the treatment
It often happens that the state of suffering generates impatience and the expectation of achieving recovery over the short term. It is preferable to focus your attention on the process and not on the final result. The more pressure you put on yourself, the longer it may take for you to fully recover.
What tools can help you recover?
Although it is important to understand that that the road to recovery differs from one person to another, several recognized tools are known to promote recovery. Therefore, it is important to choose the right tools for your specific problems, needs and personality. BACA Clinic professionals can help you make the appropriate choice among the following tools:
• Psycho education
• Readings related to EDs
• Meal plan
• Viewing of films on recovery
• Use of writing to better explore one’s emotions
• Art and zoo therapies
• Breathing exercises
• Full awareness exercise during meals
“I will never be able to find the words to express my gratitude to the BACA Clinic… Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
“When I look at the BACA Clinic, I think of the love that I found within its walls, the caring and attentive staff, but especially, I think of the hope that this team instills in all those who want to overcome an eating disorder.”
“I always felt supported, surrounded and respected, regardless of the choices that I was making or the situations I was experiencing. [Clinic BACA] also gave me the chance to get to know some extraordinary people who will have a special place in my heart for the rest of my days.”
“It didn’t’ take long for my weekly appointments at BACA to become a comforting moment for me, where I could freely express all the emotions that I had buried deep within me for so long.”
“my road to recovery has progressed day by day. It is thanks to the BACA Clinic team that I came to feel better and to understand the reasons that led me to suffer. (…) Many thanks to BACA for helping me get out of this hell and for continuing to be there for all of us.”
“My relationship with my body is much healthier and my relationship with food has changed completely. (…) Today, I am able to look at myself in the mirror and accept what I find beautiful and what I find ugly. I am proud of myself!”
Eating Disorders Clinic
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Montreal (Quebec) H3G 1L5
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