Chelsea-based clinical psychologist, Dr Steven Mahan, discusses how people’s emotions and eating habits can become entrenched and, in certain cases, lead to problematic behaviour such as overeating or under-eating. https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com Chelsea Psychology Clinic are a group of London psychologists and psychiatrists offering private psychological therapy and psychiatry treatment from their premises across central London and Chelsea. The private therapy sessions cover the following areas: – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Cognitive Analytic Therapy – Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Couples Therapy – Dialectical-behaviour Therapy – Mentalisation Based Treatment – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – Schema Therapy
So, when we experience any emotions, typically, we have a set of behaviours that go with that. For example, if we’re really happy, we might go to the gym or go out with friends. If we’re really sad, we might comfort ourselves with food. But with food, there’s such a complex relationship in our lives, because we can associate it with special occasions such as birthdays, going out for dinner with friends and loved ones, or a Friday night in. But when we start to use food as a way of coping with difficult emotions that come in, it can become quite complex. The two, our emotions and eating, can become quite entrenched and lead to problematic behaviour such as overeating or under-eating, depending on how we relate to food and how we use food as a way of coping with our emotions.