Hypnotherapy Helps Eating Disorders

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Eating Disorders, Is Hypnotherapy An Answer? 

Anorexia Nervosa

To answer the question posed above, yes, hypnotherapy can and often does help those suffering from this life threatening condition. One of the most common problems with Anorexia, is, that for the most part you don't actually feel that "you" have a problem. OK so, you may like to feel in control of your eating and weight etc. And you might even feel a little panicky if it fluctuates too much, that's both understandable and relatively normal.  You might also feel frustrated at not being able to lose weight and feel very stressed and anxious when you look at yourself in the mirror, because all you see is how fat you are. That too (depending on one's ability to make a good judgment of what is normal for your height and build), is also relatively normal. However, what is not so normal, for people with anorexia, is that they see fat that isn't there. They seem to have an unrealistic visual perception of what they actually look like, no matter what the experts say and they feel anything but normal. And of course, they are not "normal," at least in the context of medical norms!

Also, the possibility of being cured of the problem is probably very undesirable, the very thought of being cured will bring about the thing you fear most; being fat. It also implies that you will start to eat more food and put on more weight than ever, and that's the thing you most want to avoid.

However, at some level, you are aware that all is not well, and that's where hypnosis can help you.  You may feel anxious a lot of the time and your self-esteem may be low.  You probably don't feel that good about yourself and are not really sure which direction to go to find help, that's if you really need help? However, it is exactly the reason why you should consider a course of hypnotherapy because it delves into the deepest part of your mind, the very place where the distortions, untruths and falsehoods thrive. It helps to rewrite the damaged code that corrects the erroneous subconscious distortions that make you see what is not actually there. You see a thin, sleek, maybe even attractive version of yourself, while everyone else sees a gaunt, malnourished skeleton of your once fuller self. Hypnotherapy effectively does a code reset and that's what it is. We are not talking of a total rebuild but rather the restoration of a once better version of You! All the memories, pictures and scripts of your life are faithfully stored in your brain and hypnosis unlocks that inner self, so eloquently.

When someone comes to me with anorexia, I seldom mention food or weight, etc. We just concentrate on helping you to de-stress and lose a lot of that unnecessary anxiety you're carrying around with you, and learn to feel much better about yourself.  The primary objective is to put you back in control of you.....

Your initial consultation is free of charge and without obligation.  Your first treatment session will be 60 to 90 minutes and all further sessions will last approx.60 minutes.  The estimated number of sessions required is between 6 and 12; although no guarantees are given because this problem varies greatly in intensity from person to person. Sessions 1 - 6 will be scheduled at weekly intervals and the following sessions are normally scheduled for about every 10 - 14 days.What is Anorexia Nervosa?  Anorexia, Is an illness characterised by weight loss, an intense fear of gaining weight, even though under weight, it is characterised by a distorted body image and amenorrhea (absence of 3 or more menstrual cycles).  It primarily affects adolescent girls in approximately 1-2% of the population.

Obsessive compulsive disorder is common amongst anorexia clients, also concealing or hoarding food. Clients are often ritualistic; any deviation from the norm can cause anxiety. When suffering from anorexia severe food limitation feels rational, and an inability to see the dangers takes over. Depression is a common manifestation of the illness and is almost always alleviated by nourishment.

Medical Complications of Anorexia:

  • Attempts by the body to conserve energy can result in the following problems -
  • Kidney failure
  • Decreased heart size
  • Decreased bone marrow
  • Decreased oestrogen and testosterone
  • Fine hair
  • Chronic renal failure
  • Cramps, weakness, swollen salivary glands
  • Bowel obstruction due to under use
  • Dry pale skin
  • Orange tinge to skin discolouration due to excessive eating of oranges
  • Poor concentration
  • Impaired sleep
  • Decreased libido

Hypnotherapy or hypnosis helps Anorexia by:

  • Teaching Self Hypnosis 
  • Goal setting 
  • Accessing true body image
  • Lowering levels of anxiety
  • Increasing feelings of confidence and self esteem
  • Emphasizing feelings of general well being
  • Exploration of early memories and relationships
  • Re-accessing body feelings such as hunger
  • Identifying: secondary gains (reasons for holding onto anorexia)

Identifying triggers: loneliness, boredom, stress, anger, depression, tranquillizing from anxiety, low self esteem, low self worth measured by weight, unhappy or disrupted family life and finding more constructive ways of dealing with these issues.

Bulimia Nervosa:

How Hypnotherapy can help you Bulimia Nervosa?

No more Bingeing, or vomiting, no more feelings of guilt, shame or  just feeling bad inside.  You're peace of mind will increase and you'll feel more relaxed often from your very first session.

Bulimia Nervosa is a disease, often related to control issues, which is characterised by repeated bouts of overeating and an excessive preoccupation with the control of body weight, leading to the person to adopt extreme measures so as to mitigate the fattening effects of ingested food.

Large amounts of food are generally eaten in private with a feeling of a lack of control and inability to stop, so as to prevent weight gain one or a number of the following techniques are used: vomiting, laxative, diuretics, enemas, fasting and/or excessive exercise.

Self evaluation is unduly influenced by body shape and weight, there is a persistent preoccupation with food and a client can spend a large proportion of their waking hours thinking about food, planning the next binge, or feeling appalled by the last. The condition is often triggered by dieting, boredom, loneliness, anger, depression, tranquillizing from anxiety, low self esteem, self worth measured by:

  • weight/shape
  •  Physical Complications of Bulimia:
  •  Dehydration
  •  Heart disorders (Arrhythmia, cardiomyopathy)
  •  Acute gastric dilation
  •  Dental erosion
  •  Aspiration pneumonia (vomit in windpipe)
  •  Seizure
  •  Polycystic Ovary syndrome
  •  Menstrual irregularities

Hypnotherapy or hypnosis helps Bulimia by:

  • Teaching Self Hypnosis
  • Goal setting
  • Accessing true body image
  • Lowering levels of anxiety
  • Increasing feelings of confidence and self esteem
  • Emphasizing feelings of general well being
  • Exploration of early memories and relationships
  • Re-accessing body feelings such as hunger
  • Identifying and secondary gains (reasons for holding onto anorexia)
  • Identifying triggers - loneliness, boredom, anger, depression, tranquillizing from anxiety, low self esteem self worth measured by weight, unhappy or
  • Disrupted family life - and finding more constructive ways of dealing with these issues.
  • Prohibition of certain foods (aversion therapy)
  • Increase motivation
  • Identifying triggers
    • loneliness,
    • boredom,
    • anger,
    • depression,
    • tranquilizing from anxiety, low self esteem or self worth measured by weight,
    • unhappy or disrupted personal life, 
    • finding more constructive ways of dealing with these issues.

Binge Eating Disorder:

Is a new disorder which looks like bulimia, with recurrent binge episodes but without the compensatory measures seen in bulimia. As a result many binge eaters are overweight, although some are of normal weight. But sometimes binge eaters might exercise or skip a meal here and there. They are often distressed about their eating and tend to eat very quickly or in response to a cue, i.e. stress, sadness, anger, often feeling disgusted with themselves after a binge.

A person may either overeat without regard to physical cues of hunger or satisfaction, or binge (eating an abnormally large amount of food in a short time) without purging.  This can be for a number of reasons and hypnotherapy can help you find the answers to your problem.  You will learn quickly how to overcome your compulsion to eat and be freed from the burden of knowing you are harming yourself and possibly your relationships and happiness also.

Binge eating, sometimes called compulsive overeating, can act as a comfort for some people and an escape or a way of attempting to control that which cannot be controlled for others, a kind of Obsessive and/or Compulsive Disorder.

Whatever your particular version of an eating disorder there is, Hypnosis may provide you with the help you need to overcome the issue for good.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Always consult your GP or healthcare professional about any of the above disorders in the first instance.


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