Hypnotherapy eating Disorders
Hypnotherapy Eating Disorders – Eating disorders are a range of Psychological conditions where a person develop an abnormal attitude towards their food. They affect them psychologically and physically, causing the sufferer to change their eating habits and behaviour. If someone has an eating disorder, they are likely to be focused on their weight, shape, and what they eat. This typically leads them to make unhealthy choices which can have devastating and life-threatening consequences.
Hypnotherapy Eating Disorders – On this page, I will talk about the most common eating disorders, including:
- binge eating disorder.
As well as looking at the signs and symptoms, I will explain how hypnotherapy can provide support to anyone if they have or are receiving treatment for an eating disorder.
What is an eating disorder?
Hypnotherapy Eating Disorders – Eating is something everybody has to do to remain alive, but for some, the relationship with food becomes complicated. Some people may develop strange and unusual eating habits or become emotionally dependant on food, for example. This is commonly referred to as ‘disordered eating’.
While this kind of eating can develop into an eating disorder, it is important to remember that eating disorders are different. Eating disorders are serious Psychological health concerns. They change the way someone thinks and behaves – especially about their food and their diet.
Hypnotherapy Eating Disorders – An eating disorder can often be linked to depression, anxiety and low self-esteem, eating disorders are incredibly harmful both psychologically and physically. Eating disorders affect people of all ages, genders and backgrounds. Research has shown that they are more common in young women, however, more and more cases of older women and men with eating disorders are emerging.
Types of Eating Disorder
There are several different types of eating disorders. However, the most common are:
- binge eating disorder.
Sometimes a person can be diagnosed with an eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS). This is when a person is showing some, but not all, of the ‘classic’ eating disorder symptoms. This can be just as damaging to their Psychological Health health.
The causes of eating disorders are very complicated and often involve multiple aspects. Research has not been able to agree on a single reason why someone develops a problem with eating, and the contributing factors will differ from person to person.
It is understood that it is a mix of biological, social, genetic, psychological and environmental factors that are involved. The main risk factors identified that may make someone more likely to develop an eating disorder include:
- Having a family history of eating disorders or depression.
- They are having someone criticise your eating habits or your weight.
- They are feeling pressure to stay slim for work or a hobby.
- They are having certain characteristics, such as an obsessive personality or a tendency to be anxious.
- They are experiencing upsetting events, such as death or abuse.
- Relationship difficulties with friends or family members.
- They are under a lot of stress, for example at school or university.
The element of control tends to be a common thread. Often sufferers will feel as if their size and weight are the ‘only’ thing in their life that is under their control. Having this sense of control can feel empowering to begin with, but as the eating disorder develops, it is likely to take control of the sufferer.
Anorexia nervosa is a condition that makes the sufferer want to weigh as little as possible. To do this, they will often go to extreme and dangerous measures. Examples of this would be restricting the amount of food they eat, making themselves vomit and exercising excessively.
When someone has anorexia, it is likely they have a distorted image of their self. This means that even though they are of a normal (or even below normal) weight, they will see themselves as overweight. The disorder makes them feel intense anxiety surrounding food. They will go to great lengths to avoid eating. This is because they fear to gain weight, or ‘losing control’ of their diet.
Anorexia tends to make someone a master of deception. To avoid questioning or worried comments from their friends and family, they try to hide their eating habits. This may see them hiding food, exercising in secret or wearing loose clothing to hide their weight-loss.
As a sufferer, they are likely to have confidence and self-esteem issues. They may blame their weight for this and any other issues that they are facing. They may believe if they reach a certain weight, these issues will go away and they will be happy. Sadly, this ‘goal weight’ always gets lower the worse the condition gets.
Signs and symptoms
If someone has anorexia, may exhibit the following signs and symptoms:
- Eating very little, missing meals or lying about what they’ve eaten.
- Counting calories in an obsessive manner.
- Going to the bathroom after meals to vomit.
- Taking diet pills, laxatives or diuretics in an attempt to aid weight-loss.
- Repetitive body checking – this includes weighing and measuring themselves.
- Suffering from physical issues, such as hair loss and feeling dizzy.
If you are worried that someone you know may be suffering from anorexia, do not wait to see extreme weight-loss. While this is the main symptom of anorexia, the psychological symptoms come before this, and the earlier the sufferer receives help, the better.
Hypnotherapy Eating Disorders – Bulimia nervosa is another condition that makes the sufferer feel the need to control their weight. If someone suffers bulimia, they will try to restrict the amount of food they eat, binge and purge.
Binge eating is when they repeatedly eat a large quantity of food in one sitting. Usually, this is done with high-calorie, fatty foods. Binges may happen spontaneously (often triggered by emotions like stress or anxiety) or they may be planned. During a binge, there may be a sense of mania or a loss of control. After a binge, they will feel guilty, ashamed and worried that they may put on weight. In an attempt to avoid this, they will purge.
Purging is the act of ridding the body of food. This is usually done by vomiting or taking laxatives. Less usual forms of purging include excessive exercising, diet pills and periods of starvation. They feel like they must regain control by purging, and the urge to do it becomes more frequent. In some cases, they may feel the need to purge after every meal.
Understandably, this cycle of binging and purging takes its toll on both their body and their mind. Because they may be within the normal weight range, making it all the more difficult to spot.
Signs and symptoms
Like most eating disorders they are likely to hide their behaviour. They may also be in denial of the fact that they have a problem. This can make it very hard for them to seek support. The following signs may indicate that someone has bulimia:
- Being overly critical of their body and weight.
- Isolating themselves from people or situations.
- Frequent trips to the bathroom, especially after meals.
- Scars on the knuckles (from forced vomiting).
- Taking diet pills or laxatives.
If you have bulimia are more likely to have a normal weight, but this does not mean you do not need help.
Binge eating disorder
Binge eating disorder, also known as BED, is a condition that sees someone binge eating regularly. Unlike bulimia, however, they will not purge after a binge.
Binges are usually planned with this type of disorder, and they are usually done in private. This is because they will feel ashamed and guilty after a binge and will try to hide their behaviour. Even though they will not purge or even be underweight, they will still have a very complicated relationship with food.
In between binges, they likely to try and control their eating habits and may go on diets in an attempt to lose weight. They are likely to suffer from low self-esteem and may feel socially isolated.
They will likely be overweight and may encounter medical complications such as type two diabetes or heart disease. If someone suffers binge eating disorder, they may find it difficult to ask for help. They may feel guilty or as if they don’t have a ‘real’ problem, and therefore do not ‘deserve’ help. The truth is that binge eating disorder is just as dangerous physically and emotionally as other eating disorders.
Signs and symptoms
Similarly to anorexia and bulimia, those with binge eating disorder are likely to be secretive about their behaviour. Common signs of this disorder include:
- Storing or hiding large quantities of food.
- Being secretive about eating habits.
- Putting on weight even though their diet appears healthy (they may be binge eating in secret).
Just like other eating disorders, overcoming BED takes time and support.
Once an eating disorder has been diagnosed, treatment can begin. Often, the person will fail to see that they have a problem, making it difficult for them to receive support. This makes it especially important for friends and family to encourage them to talk about their eating and to seek professional help.
The recovery process may go through several stages. Progress can seem to go backwards and forwards, so a strong support system is essential.
To recover, they have to want to change. They will need to get back to a healthy weight while addressing the psychological aspects of the condition.
Hypnotherapy Eating Disorders – Starting treatment early will give them the best chance of recovery, but it is never too late to seek help.
Hypnotherapy Eating Disorders – Treatments tend to involve monitoring their physical health while helping them deal with the psychological aspects. This can be done in a multitude of ways, the most popular of which include:
Hypnotherapy Eating Disorders -The aim of this therapy is to use the power of suggestion to change habits and thoughts surrounding certain things. For example, hypnotherapy for eating disorders would look to facilitate a change in the subjects thinking when it comes to eating.
Using positive suggestions under hypnosis, I can help them change the way they think about themselves. Learning to love themselves again is an important part of the recovery process. They can also learn new ways of thinking about eating, gradually improving their relationship with food.
Hypnotherapy Eating Disorders – I will use Hypnotherapy to help my client cope with issues related to eating disorders. For example, they may suffer from anxiety or stress. Hypnotherapy can help you learn to relax and improve their overall well-being. Issues like low self-esteem and low self-confidence can also be addressed through hypnotherapy.
Changing your thinking
Hypnotherapy for eating disorders can teach you techniques to help anyone to cope with unhelpful thinking. This can be especially beneficial to ensure they stay healthy after recovery. Moving on from an eating disorder can be a long process, but there are always professionals available to support continued recovery.
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