Do you suffer from eating disorders and are you looking for support from a psychologist or psychiatrist in Barcelona?

Our psychiatric and mental health team are specialised in the treatment of eating disorders so that you can regain balance with support in Barcelona.

Eating disorders relates to a disturbance in the relationship with food, that significantly alters both physical health and psychosocial adaptation. They present in various forms and can appear at any age, particularly in adolescents and young adults. The diagnosis must be made by a psychiatrist in order to organise the therapeutic strategy and develop a personalised treatment plan that suits you.

Nowadays, more people are affected by an eating disorder than ever before, the vast majority of whom are teenage women or young adults.

If you suffer from eating disorders yourself or if someone close to you has symptoms of an eating disorder, don't wait to make an appointment with one of our specialists for personalised care. Screening and treatment should be carried out as early as possible to increase the chances of success.

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What are eating disorders?

There are four medically defined types of eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and eating disorders not otherwise specified.

What are the causes of eating disorders?

Eating behaviour depends on individual genetic and psychological factors, but it is also influenced by environmental, family and socio-cultural factors.

Eating disorders leading to bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder are therefore the result of multiple factors.

Certain personality traits, such as perfectionism, the need for control or attention, and low self-esteem, are frequently found in people suffering from eating disorders. Similarly, trauma or difficult life events can trigger the disorder or make it worse.

These disorders usually appear in adolescence.

How to prevent the onset of EDs?

In today's image-and-appearance-focused society, it is difficult to prevent the onset of eating disorders. However, there are a number of factors that can help children feel good about themselves, so that they do not develop certain physical complexes:

  • Encouraging the adoption of a balanced and diversified diet from an early age
  • Make mealtimes a time for conviviality and sharing
  • Avoid giving children a preoccupation with their weight
  • Promote self-esteem and reinforce a positive body image

If you have any doubts about your child's eating habits, don't wait to consult a doctor.

Mental health is as important as physical health!

Our mental health and wellbeing professionals are here to listen to you and offer you personalised and comprehensive care so that you can regain your balance.


How are eating disorders treated at Turó Park Medical Clinic?

The goals of the treatment are to restore physical and psychological health, to achieve and maintain a healthier weight and to normalise eating habits.

During the initial management of an eating disorder, a comprehensive assessment of the patient is recommended, combining a somatic, nutritional and psychological assessment, including family and social dynamics.

Then, depending on the doctor's diagnosis, several approaches can be considered.

On the psychological level:

From a nutritional point of view, a nutritional and dietary re-education must be set up in order to reintroduce a normal diet in a progressive way, especially underlining the sociable nature of meals and the pleasure of sharing food.

In severe cases of anorexia or bulimia, when the person is severely malnourished or at risk of suicide or self-aggression, hospitalisation is sometimes necessary.

However, there is no specific drug treatment for eating disorders.

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Dr. Elvira Herrería

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Neus Valencia

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Our answers to the most frequently asked questions about eating disorders

How do you recover from an eating disorder?

Multidisciplinary care generally works well: psychiatrist, child psychiatrist or psychologist, attending physician, discussion group, relaxation, self-expression and body awareness, dietary follow-up, family therapy, etc.

Who to go to in case of an ED?

The follow-up of people suffering from eating disorders is multidisciplinary (psychiatrist, paediatrician, attending physician, psychologist, dietician). Start by consulting someone that you feel comfortable and safe with, most professionals will be able to make the best kind of referrals so that you get the care that you need.

When does one have bulimia?

Bulimia is characterised by compulsive eating of large quantities of food followed by compensatory behaviour (vomiting, taking laxatives, fasting or excessive physical exercise, etc.).

What is the difference between bulimia and hyperphagia?

In binge eating and bulimia, the person eats large volumes of food very quickly. But only the bulimic person will vomit as a result of this eating.