Private Eating Disorder Assessment Package in Birmingham

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Eating disorders are a growing issue in our culture and affect thousands of people. Anyone can suffer, no matter their age, gender or background.

As these disorders can become life-threatening, careful assessment and treatment are urgent necessities. With our private eating disorder assessment package, you can quickly see our specialist eating disorder GPs, dietitians and therapists to evaluate your condition and plan the first steps towards recovery.

Spotting Eating Disorders

Within care, diagnosing eating disorders can be complex, as symptoms often display themselves slowly, and patients may be sensitive and embarrassed about revealing them to those around them or medical professionals. Offering people affected by eating disorders a safe, non-judgmental environment to discuss their condition is vital.

Another obstacle when diagnosing an eating disorder is that patients may be unaware that they have a disorder. Due to misinformation and poor awareness, many people do not realise that their habits constitute a disorder and that their health may suddenly deteriorate.

The Signs Of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders show themselves in many different ways. There are physical symptoms like weight fluctuations, but also mental symptoms that are often more telling and can signal the condition earlier. It is important to note that eating disorders are often accompanied by other mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression or trauma. Our expert professionals can diagnose and treat the following eating disorders:

Anorexia is a dangerous mental health condition where sufferers attempt to keep their weight as low as possible.

It typically affects young women and starts in their teens, but anyone can suffer at any time. If you are worried about yourself or someone you love, look out for the following signs:

  • Skipping meals or only eating small amounts
  • Strict rituals and processes around eating and meals
  • Decreasing weight
  • Using weight loss medications
  • Fear of gaining weight
  • Body Image Disturbance
  • Low BMI
  • Interrupted menstrual cycle
  • Tiredness
  • Poor circulation
  • Feeling cold or dizzy
  • Dry skin
  • Hair Loss
  • Fine downy hair growing on the body

Bulimia is another serious mental health issue where sufferers will eat in excess and then take measures to offset the consumption. These measures could be vomiting, taking laxatives or excessive exercise.

As with any eating disorder, anyone can suffer, though it typically affects teenagers and young people. Here are some signs to look out for:

  • Fear of gaining weight
  • Body Image Disturbance
  • Mood changes
  • Feeling guilty about eating
  • Feeling as if you cannot control your eating habits
  • Tiredness
  • Bloating
  • Stomach pains
  • Sore throat from vomiting

Binge eating involves eating large amounts of food in short periods to feel uncomfortably full. Episodes are typically planned and completed in secret.

Anyone can suffer, but the disorder typically starts in the late teens or early 20s. There are some tell-tale symptoms:

  • Eating very quickly
  • Eating when not hungry or frequently between meals
  • Eating alone or in private
  • Feeling guilty or depressed about food and eating

If an individual is suffering from an eating disorder, but their symptoms do not match those of anorexia, bulimia or binge eating, they may be diagnosed with another specified feeding and eating disorder.

These disorders could include: 

Atypical Anorexia: having the symptoms of anorexia whilst maintaining a healthy weight

Bulimia Nervosa: having the symptoms of bulimia but the episodes of bingeing and purging do not occur along the typical time frame

Purging Disorder: purging, for example, vomiting or using laxatives, but without bingeing episodes

Night Eating Syndrome: frequently eating at night, by either interrupting their sleep or eating large amounts after an evening meal

OFSEDs are tough to identify as by definition their symptoms differ from common eating disorders. Despite this struggle, looking for the following indicators is crucial:

  • Unusual, focused behaviour around food
  • Self-consciousness when eating around others
  • Mood changes
  • Low self-esteem
  • Tiredness
  • Body Image Disturbance
  • Feelings of guilt 
  • Withdrawing from social situations
  • Any compensatory actions to offset the effects of the disorder, such as excessive exercise, using weight loss medications, vomiting, purging or misuse of insulin for diabetics

Our All-Under-One-Roof Approach

Care can come in all different shapes and sizes, but we offer our patients a treatment service that is all in one place. We do everything to limit stress and improve your health and life, and we have collated the best dietitians and therapists available to provide the highest quality in-house care. As part of our assessment package, every step of your treatment plan will take place at our Edgbaston clinic, so there’s no need to trek miles between hospitals and clinics for scans and assessments. 

Our Eating Disorder Assessment & Treatment Package 

When you come to us for a private eating disorder assessment, we go through multiple stages of medical evaluations to create a bespoke treatment plan that helps you overcome the disorder. 

Step 1.

We start with a standard GP appointment with our specialist team of ‘ED’ GPs. This appointment helps us understand your condition to diagnose a disorder.

Step 2.

We schedule a 1-hour dietitian assessment with our expert eating disorder dietitian, Arti Dhokia. She will evaluate your eating habits.

Step 3.

We create and agree on a refeeding pathway to counter the effects of the disorder. This pathway includes the number of follow-up appointments required within your tailored treatment package.

Step 4.

We conduct a therapy screening with either Hema Patel or Raj Bassi, depending on your age. Eating disorders are mental health conditions, so our recovery plans always include therapy and physical treatments.

Step 5.

We take blood tests and personal measurements to identify underlying conditions that could impact your habits and health.

Step 6.

Our multidisciplinary team uses all this analysis to agree on a bespoke package for you 

Step 7.

We offer you a bespoke package specifying the number of required appointments with our therapists, dietitians and GPs

Step 8.

Once you are happy with the plan, we initiate the bespoke package and start your road to a freer, healthier lifestyle

Meet Our Expert Dietitians and Therapists

We are proud to offer experienced therapists and dietitians to our patients. Their expertise has helped hundreds recover from conditions holding back their health and lives.

Arti Dhokia 

Dietitian

Arti is our registered eating disorder dietitian with over fifteen years of experience working in the NHS and some of Birmingham’s distinguished private hospitals. She has shared her knowledge through numerous publications and media outlets like The Guardian, Men’s Health, BBC 1 Newsbeat and the Asian Network.

She specialises in helping patients build healthy relationships with food. Her expertise covers diabetes, cardiovascular health, weight management and gut problems, such as IBS. What's more, she extends her care to patients’ families to create effective support networks.

As an advanced dietitian, Arti also has the expertise to diagnose and treat Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). Characterised by patterns of restrictive and avoidant eating, this is a fairly new diagnosis that requires the attention of a specialist. Discover more about our private ARFID treatments.

Arti Dhokia headshot

Hema Patel

Integrative Therapist

Hema specialises in therapy techniques for children and adolescents and provides them with the skills to overcome issues hindering their lives. That could be low self-esteem, negative body image, eating disorders, health anxiety or many other conditions.

Talking therapy is a crucial element of her care. She has seen provable success by discussing complicated emotions with an independent individual rather than a parent or guardian. In some cases, Hema may invite the patient’s parents or guardians to join their sessions. This involvement helps them learn more about the difficulties their child is experiencing and integrate a more manageable treatment plan.

Hema Patel headshot

Raj Bassi

CBT Therapist

Raj prides herself on helping patients identify and improve their current skills. She teaches them to use new problem-solving strategies and raise their existing coping skills so they can counter life’s challenges. Like her patients, she is constantly looking for ways to improve herself and her techniques to deliver the best care possible.

Having trained in Birmingham, London and Liverpool, Raj works with children and adults to help them through eating disorders such as bulimia, and lack of self-esteem, amongst many other mental health conditions. 

Raj Bassi headshot

Conditions Of Care

To be taken on as an eating disorder patient, you need to meet particular care conditions. You must:

  • See a therapist alongside our dietitians to look after your physical and mental health
  • Be over the age of 12 (we assess anyone younger on a case-by-case basis)
  • Have a BMI of 17 or higher (we consider cases with a BMI of 15 or higher after a comprehensive assessment with a dietitian)

How Else We Can Help

As a comprehensive healthcare provider, we offer a range of services to treat eating disorders and manage your health. You can benefit from our:

Everyone can develop an eating disorder, and specialist care is crucial for overcoming physical and mental health hazards. Following our comprehensive assessment package, we create a bespoke recovery plan to overcome the problem.

We offer CBT to children, adolescents and adults to help them overcome mental health conditions such as anxiety disorders, depression, trauma and many more. Acceptance and commitment therapy is key to this service, promoting mindfulness, acceptance and values. We also offer eye movement desensitisation reprocessing therapy to help Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) sufferers reduce the effects associated with their condition.

Nutrition is one of the most significant factors impacting your health and performance, though many people do not realise how much poor habits can set them back. Whether you want to manage a chronic illness or improve your diet for sports performance, we can create a bespoke nutrition plan incorporating your preferences, facilities and needs.

Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most complex challenges people face in the modern world. Obesity levels are increasing, and our lifestyles can easily lead to health complications. But with our weight loss coaches, you can implement lasting changes to improve your lifestyle and diet. Our support allows you to create healthy habits and improve your standard of living.

Private Health Care, At Affordable Prices

If you need a comprehensive assessment and treatment, you do not want to pay excessive fees. We have optimised our process and screening to offer the best value at our already impressively low prices. Here is a breakdown of our affordable costs.

Adults Eating Disorder Assessment Package

£745

Child Eating Disorder Assessment Package

£745

The above packages include 

  • 1 hour Specialist Eating Disorder Dietitian Appointment 
  • GP appointment 
  • Baseline bloods tests to assess your health 
  • ECG 
  • 1 hour assessment appointment with therapist 

Following your assessment appointments our team can advise how frequently you will require dietitian and therapy appointments based on your needs and refeeding plan.

Adult Therapy Appointment

£100

(Follow Up Appointment £100)

Child Therapy Appointment

£115

(Follow Up Appointment £115)

Why Choose Us?

With severe conditions like eating disorders, choosing the best quality and most attentive healthcare is paramount and can dramatically impact your recovery. Speed is often of the essence, so you need to book an assessment quickly. Thankfully, we can arrange a meeting with a specialist eating disorder GP within days. 

Plus, we have built the facilities at our eating disorder clinic in Birmingham to offer the highest level of care at one central location. You can expect:

  • Outstanding patient care
  • Short-notice bookings of consultations with experienced specialists
  • No need for GP referrals or months-long waiting lists
  • Cutting-edge medical facilities

Our Clinic

We conduct all our assessments and treatments from our eating disorder clinic in Birmingham. It is located just outside the city centre in the heart of Edgbaston. If you travel using public transport, it is a fifteen-minute walk from Five Ways Train Station or just off the A456 if you drive.

Start The Process Today

Our friendly staff are always available to answer any questions about our private eating disorder assessments. Call us on 0121 769 0999 or fill out our online contact form to enquire today.

FAQ

Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder are the most prevalent eating disorders, although there are many others that you could suffer from.

Doctors, therapists and dietitians can treat eating disorders with bespoke recovery packages. They will create a nutrition plan to ensure the individual is eating the correct diet to overcome their issue, accompanied by therapy sessions to build better mental relationships with food.

The first step is assessing your symptoms, including general health checks and evaluating your mental health in a therapy screening. Then they will create a bespoke recovery structure for you to follow.

You should only go to medical and mental health professionals to diagnose an eating disorder, as a self-diagnosis or a false diagnosis could significantly impact your health.

Every eating disorder varies, meaning that each has different symptoms. However, common signs across each disorder include feelings of guilt and shame around eating, low self-esteem, body image disturbance and strict routines when eating.

No. Anorexia is a mental health condition, and your physical health is often not a true indicator. We work with patients with BMIs of 17 or higher and consider patients with BMIs of 15 or higher on a case-by-case basis.

You should go to the hospital with anorexia if you are underweight and still losing weight, or you become significantly ill. Plus, the doctor may send you to the hospital if they believe you are at risk of self-harming or suicide or if you are under 18 and they believe you have insufficient support at home

Eating disorders can affect anyone at any age. However, they generally affect young people in their teens or early adulthood.

If you are suffering from an eating disorder, the best people to reach out to are our GPs and other medical and mental health professionals. They can recommend the best course of action, including nutrition and therapy.

There is no typical time frame for recovery from an eating disorder. Each case is unique. It depends on the severity of your disorder, the treatment you receive and your environment.

There is no single cause of eating disorders, but each one is a mental health condition, meaning that they occur as a result of an individual's relationship to food.

As eating disorders are mental health conditions, your physical health often only indicates a possible disorder. Instead, your mental relationship to food is far more important. Plus, suffering from anorexia or bulimia and being concerned about weight is not the only type of eating disorder you could suffer from. Disorders such as binge eating surround overeating.

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