The initial diagnosis should be made by a doctor, they may offer CBT to help the individual overcome the disorder. There are many medical disorders that mimic eating disorders and comorbid psychiatric disorders. All organic causes should be ruled out prior to a diagnosis of an eating disorder or any other psychiatric disorder is made. Once it has been established then on the NHS you can expect to get 6 free CBT sessions, but having more can be expensive and not everyone gets on with CBT. Hypnotherapy can help reduce the anxiety, and a mix of Solutions focused where we focus on the resources and positive aspects of the person, CBT to tackle thinking patterns and mindfulness to help the person be more aware of what they are doing, and focus on other things.
There are separate psychological disorders which may be misdiagnosed as an eating disorder, these can be helped with hypnotherapy.
- Emetophobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by an intense fear of vomiting.
A person so afflicted may develop rigorous standards of food hygiene, such as not touching food with their hands.
They may become socially withdrawn to avoid situations which in their perception may make them vomit. Many who suffer from emetophobia are
diagnosed with anorexia or self-starvation. In severe cases of emetophobia they may drastically reduce their food intake.
- phagophobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by a fear of eating, it is usually initiated by an adverse
experience while eating such as choking or vomiting. Persons with this disorder may present with complaints of pain while swallowing.
- Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is listed as a somatoform disorder that affects up to 2% of the population. BD D is characterised by excessive rumination over an actual or perceived physical flaw. BDD has been diagnosed equally among men and women. While BDD has been misdiagnosed as anorexia nervosa, it also occurs comorbidly in 39% of eating disorder cases. BDD is a form of OCD and can be treated with a mix of Hypnotherapy, SFBT and CBT.
Treatment of Eating disorders
In treatment of Binge eating, Anorexia and Bullimia, we look at the emotional relationship with food, once a client realises they can take the responsibilty for their problem, they can start making a full recovery. Redirecting the anxiety by refocusing on more positive activities and feeling better about themselves by working on self esteem.
With binge eating, often finding the triggers and channeling that bingeing into more positive activities such as keeping a journal or changing one's routine can make profound changes and the hypnotherapy can help reduce the anxiety that drives the urge.
Boredom eating is a common problem too, especially for those who live on their own. Learn to change the way you shop for food, keep food, cook and become engaged in less boring activities. Try reducing your exposure to TV, especially commercials, as these will increase the brain activity into craving food.