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Dr Joy is an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist at Sussex Eating Disorder Services. She features in the videos in this portal alongside Nicola Davis. Nicola has lived with anorexic thoughts since suffering a traumatic event at a young age and talks from the perspective of someone who is now managing the condition, thriving in her work, and contributing insight to those who want to learn more about how to access affective support and/or coping strategies.
People affected often report that they wish responses to their eating behaviour had involved more interest in how they are, as much as interest in their relationship to food itself.
I just wanted someone to ask me how I was.
The condition can cause serious physical complications and has a significant impact on relationships, work and education. Understanding of eating disorders and how best to respond is key in order to identify and treat them as early as possible.