Hypnotherapy for Bulimia

Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder and mental health condition.

People who have Bulimia try to control their weight by severely restricting the amount of food they eat, then binge eating and purging the food from their body by making themselves vomit or using laxatives.

As with other eating disorders, Bulimia Nervosa can be associated with:

  • low self-esteem
  • alcohol misuse
  • depression
  • self-harm

Learn more about the causes of Bulimia Nervosa.

Binge eating and purging

Eating disorders are often associated with an abnormal attitude towards food or body image.

Everyone has their own eating habits – for example, people with a food intolerance need to avoid eating certain foods to stay healthy. However, people suffering from eating disorders tend to use their eating habits and behaviours to cope with emotional distress, and often have an abnormal or unrealistic fear of food, calories and being fat.

Because of this fear, people with Bulimia Nervosa tend to restrict their food intake. This results in periods of excessive eating and loss of control (binge eating), after which they make themselves vomit or use laxatives (purging). They purge themselves because they fear that the binging will cause them to gain weight, and usually feel guilty and ashamed of their behaviour. This is why these behaviours are usually done in secret.

Such binge-purge cycles can be triggered by hunger or stress, or are a way to cope with emotional anxiety.

Warning signs

Signs of Bulimia Nervosa include an obsessive attitude towards food and eating, an overcritical attitude to their weight and shape, and frequent visits to the bathroom after eating, after which the person might appear flushed and have scarred knuckles (from forcing fingers down the throat to bring on vomiting).

Bulimia can eventually lead to physical problems associated with poor nutrient intake, excessive vomiting or overuse of laxatives.

Who is affected by bulimia nervosa?

As with all eating disorders, women are much more likely to develop Bulimia than men.

However, Bulimia Nervosa is becoming increasingly common in boys and men. There are an estimated 1.6 million Britons suffering from some form of eating disorder, and reports estimate that up to 25% may be male.

Recent studies suggest that as many as 8% of women have Bulimia at some stage in their life. The condition can occur at any age, but mainly affects women aged between 16 and 40 (on average, it starts around the age of 18 or 19).

Bulimia Nervosa can affect children, but this is extremely rare.

(Source: NHS Choices)

The first step towards getting better is to recognise the problem and to have a genuine desire to get well.

CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPY & SOLUTION FOCUSED PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR BULIMIA

The Penarth Practice offers a unique and potent blend of therapies known to help people overcome Bulimia, including Clinical Hypnotherapy to help combat Stress, Anxiety and Depression and to help them relax; Solution Focused Psychotherapy to concentrate on strengths and solutions rather than dwell on problems; CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to help bring a different perspective as well as to boost self-esteem and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) to help reframe the mind and to provide anchors to ground the person.

There are positive gains from the very outset, there is great hope from the Initial Consultation and the knowledge and empowerment it offers.  Each week, progress is monitored and 7 key areas of life are assessed, including Thoughts, Interactions, Activities, Confidence, Personal Resources & Strengths, Achievements and Happiness.

We work with the individual to find ways to improve each area, knowing that small gains lead to bigger gains lead to significant gains and the benefits include improvements the person’s personal, professional and general life as well as in the issues or challenges presented.

Clinical Hypnotherapy is the single most powerful psychotherapeutic tool for Stress, Anxiety and Depression.

For a full list of issues and challenges that Clinical Hypnotherapy can help, click here.

Health Education Authority NHS NICE“Research shows that there is more scientific evidence for Clinical Hypnotherapy than any other Complementary Therapy…By using hypnosis, people can perform prodigious feats of will-power and self-healing!” (The Health Education Authority / NHS NICE)

To find your solutions with Clinical Hypnotherapy, call us on 02921 409218.

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