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Treatments, Hypnotherapy and the THRIVE programme for eating problems.

Known in medical terms as Bulimia, Binge-Eating and Anorexia;

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As with the many symptoms and problems we can suffer in life. Eating disorders, whether Anorexia, Bulimia or Binge eating are a way to express our anxiety in an outward fashion. The person suffering from an eating disorder, without a deeper understanding, would 'see' it as a control of food, either a lack of it, or excess of it and a control over the way they or others perceive them, when in fact it's a way of 'seeing' that there is something wrong on a deeper level. Sufferers use food and eating (or lack off) as a way to outwardly express their inner anxiety that, and this may surprise you, is being created by the sufferer themselves. Although the sufferer may understandably feel powerless, they are far from it. As hard as it may be to understand at present, an external locus of control, a strong desire for control and such unhelpful thinking styles as the black and white and obsessive styles are most prominant with those suffereing Anorexia. With bulimia and binge-eating, one also has to factor in the unhelpful thinking style of being compulsive, all of which you would learn about in a very empowering way to help yourself during the THRIVE programme. YOU yourself is actually sustaining your problem. The fact that you're looking at this web page means you accept that there's something's wrong and hence you are seeking help. This is the start of you getting better. You've found the right psychotherapist and THRIVE consultant with many years experience to help you.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia is an obsession with food, albeit, a lack of it. The sufferer uses this obsession as a way of feeling in control of their shape and body weight, and hence, gains a feeling of being in control of their lives to some degree. Anorexia mainly affects mainly woman but can also affect men and woman of all ages in differing degrees. Some may experience anorexia as a mild control of their diet, others resort to total restrictions of any nutritional intake, which can also include fluids. Anorexia is an incredibly serious symptom. It not only starves the body of important nutrition but also starves the mind which can lead to mood swings and dissillusional thoughts. At the extreme, the sufferer can become chronically ill which possibly leads to death.

The psychological and physical effects of Anorexia include:

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 An almost overwhelming fear of putting on weight, with sufferers preoccupied with the shape and size of their bodies.
 Sufferers often pursue a very low 'ideal' weight and are thin.
 Rules are often invented regarding how much food is allowed and how much exercise is needed after eating certain types of food.
 Self-induced weight loss either by fasting, vomiting, excessive exercise, diuretic medicines, laxatives, purging or diet pills.
 Living with a constant fear of gaining weight and feeling fat even when it's obvious to an outside observer that their weight is much less than others of the same height.
 After small meals the sufferer may feel bloated
 long spells without adequate nutrition can cause osteoporosis and damage the liver, heart, kidneys and brain.
 Distorted thinking about ones own shape and 'hallucinating' when looking, for example, in a mirror.
 Anorexics can also suffer from depression and suicidal thoughts.
 An intense interest in what other people eat.
 Mood swings and varying personalities resulting from inadequate nutrition leading to the brain being malnourished.

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia is an eating disorder marked by cycles of binge eating excessive amounts of food, followed by purging using self induced vomiting. In some cases a sufferer may use fasting or excessive exercise to counteract their binge eating. The most common foods to binge on are the ones that cause the biggest feeling of guilt such as high-calorie foods like sweets, chocolate, biscuits, cakes and ice cream. To the sufferer of bulimia, food often gives a short lived feeling of control and calm, which is then soon replaced by feelings of guilt, shame and disgust. This leads to the purging (self induced vomiting) and the vicious circle starts all over again. Some sufferers binge and purge occasionally, whilst others repeat the process several times a day. As with the anorexic, the bulimic is trying to gain a sense of control over internal anxiety that is caused by bottled up emotions.

The signs of Bulimia include:

 Self induced vomiting after binge eating.
 Feelings of being 'out of control' when around food and having uncontrollable urges to eat large amounts.
 Feelings of low self-esteem and loneliness.
 Feelings of shame and guilt which leads to purging.
 Feeling that they need to exercise excessively.
 Secrecy surrounding their binge eating and the period after eating.
 Tooth and mouth problems caused by the acid present in vomit.
 Stomach pain and irregularities such as constipation and diarrhoea.

Binge eating disorder (BED), Comfort eating.

Binge eating has recently been recognised as a major problem in today's world. Known technically as Binge eating disorder or BED in short, it has many similarities to Bulimia yet there is a major difference in the fact that the sufferer doesn't purge (self-vomit) the food after eating and thus overtime increases their risk of becoming overweight. If this continues, it can lead to the sufferer becoming clinically obese, opening themselves to the associated dangers such as heart disease, high blood pressure and excessive strain on joints amongst others.

The signs of Binge eating disorder include:

 Eating when not hungry and binge eating.
 Not taking time to enjoy food properly.
 Eating more than is required to be 'full' and ignoring the brains signals. Overeating.
 Feeling of shame and guilt when large amounts of food have been consumed.
 Unlike the Bulimic, the sufferer feels no need to purge the food.
 Eating food, often with a high calorie content late at night when the body doesn't require large amounts of food. This results in dramatic weight increase and feelings of worthlessness, shame and guilt.

Overcoming Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge eating disorder.

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What are the causes of eating disorders? All of the eating disorders above have one thing in common; they are symptoms caused by huge amounts of anxiety that the sufferer is themself creating in the first place!. The THRIVE programme, we believe in the IAEBP, is the worlds best form of treatment and training programme for helping a sufferer to become empowered and to stop sustaining their eating disorder any longer. Contact me for a free no-obligation consultation at the Yorkshire hypnotherapy clinic. You deserve a better life.

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