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Focus on ....Chew and Spit Disorder

Focus on ....Chew and Spit Disorder  
Chew and Spit Disorder (CSD) is by no means a new form of Eating Disorder (ED).
Many people who experience Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating etc. also experience CSD.Nevertheless, it should be noted that some people experience CSD but don't necessarily other EDs.It is important to consider CSD in its own right. CSD does not currently feature in DSM-5.
CSD is literally what it says:  it involves chewing food, enjoying taste and  texture, then spitting it out instead of swallowing it.Amount of food chewed, then spat out can vary from relatively small amounts to large amounts. It can often cost the person a considerable amount of money to purchase the food in CSD.
Many with CSD don’t feel it is particularly serious/harmful.However, there many damaging consequences associated with CSD which why it’s important health professionals acknowledge CSD and individuals seek help and support as soon as possible.
Some of damaging consequences associ…

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Some Signs and Symptoms

I was delivering training/lecturing to a group of trainee CBT Therapists in Glasgow yesterday about treatment and therapy for Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). They learned a lot about BDD and just how much it really distresses those experiencing it and impact on their life.

Some of the signs and symptoms of BDD include (we are all different though, so some signs may not be listed/be different): 

* Do you feel that you have one or more features that are very noticeable, abnormal, ugly or ‘not right’?

* Have others close to you or a health professional said that the feature(s) are not that noticeable, abnormal or ugly or look OK?

* If you add up all the time your feature(s) is/are at the forefront of your mind and make the best estimate for a typical day, do you worry (or brood) about it/them for an hour or more a day?

* Does your worry about your feature(s) cause you marked distress?

* Does your worry about your feature(s) significantly interfere with your ability to work, study, …