Eating Disorders Hypnotherapy London

Eating disorders (ED) are extremely difficult to treat and are more common now than at any other time. They affect millions of people each year. The most common characteristic of an eating disorder is the obsession with weight and body shape. Their obsessive thought patterns can lead to severe consequences to their health from their ED actions.
Latest research shows that more females than males are likely to develop anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, however there are a growing number of males that also suffer from these two eating disorders. However there seems to be an equal number of males and females with binge-eating disorder.

Treatment

Clinical Hypnotherapy has been shown to helpful as part of an individuals eating disorders multiple treatment program. Hypnosis can be used to identify the root cause of the ED problem so that the emotional aspect can be dealt with. Negative behaviour patterns can be looked at and more positive habits can be learnt. Hypnotherapy can help to improve self-confidence and self-image so that the individual is able to view themselves eating healthily, and recovering in an inspired way with Positive Mental Rehearsal PMR.

Like any disorder, the longer an individual suffers with it, the worse it usually becomes. Those with eating disorders are likely to hide their problem from others and often find it difficult to recognise that they have a problem that requires help. The first step is therefore to recognise the problem. Counselling and psychotherapy are often methods used to help deal with the psychological effects of eating disorders, and sometimes medication is prescribed (such as anti-depressants) to help the individual. The physical side of eating disorders also needs to be dealt with by trained professionals working together.

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Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia affects 1% of the population, which is approximately 60,000 to 200,000 people. Anorexia can be characterised by an obsession with weight loss resulting in refusal to eat or irregularity in eating patterns. Sufferers become obsessive about eating rituals, they have a fear of calories and obsessively count them and develop unusual ways of eating, e.g. skipping meals, avoiding certain foods, selecting a small variety of foods and only eating them in very small quantities. This is all usually done secretly.

Symptoms

  • Malnutrition causes extreme body weight loss
  • Absence of menstruation in women and lack of testosterone in men
  • Extreme tiredness and weakness
    irritability and depression
  • Hair loss on the head or excessive fine bodily hair growth
  • Dry skin
  • Feeling guilty and depressed
    bloating, constipation
  • Brittle bones
  • More sensitive to bruising

Long-Term Side Effects

  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Anaemia
  • Heart problems or low heart rate
  • Poor blood circulation
  • Depression
  • Premature death

Bulimia Nervosa

Like anorexia, bulimia is a serious psychological eating disorder that can be life threatening if left untreated. Latest research shows that approximately 4% of people aged 16-25 suffer from bulimia. Bulimia is usually also characterised by the constant fear of putting on weight and the use of unnatural ways to get rid of the food (e.g. forced vomiting, taking laxatives and excessive exercise). An individual suffering with bulimia will usually binge eat (often comfort foods with high levels of sugar and calories) and then feel guilty, forcing themselves to secretly purge the food. Most bulimic sufferers feel deeply ashamed of their secret forced vomiting compulsive behaviour.

Symptoms

  • frequent stomach pains
  • Feeling weak
  • Disrupted menstruation cycle
  • Feeling dehydrated
  • Dramatic increase in food intake but no weight gain
  • Extreme exercise regime
  • Isolation
  • Depression
  • Compulsive behaviour
  • Poor hair or nails
  • Dry skin
  • Teeth enamel and gum problems

Long-Term Side Effects

  • Heart problems or irregular heart beat
  • Kidney problems
  • Chronic irregular bowel movements
  • Problems in pregnancy
  • Premature death

Binge Eating Disorder

Although binge-eating disorder is not as well known as anorexia or bulimia, it still affects millions of people around the world and research suggests it affects about 2% of all adults. Binge-eating disorder is characterised by eating large amounts of food and being unable to control the habit. Unlike bulimia, individuals suffering from this disorder do not vomit or use laxatives to relieve themselves, and are therefore very likely to gain weight. Many sufferers eat secretly and then feel guilty and shameful about what they are doing, and often don’t seek help for this reason.

Symptoms

  • Eating in secret
  • Eating even though full
  • Eating frequently in large quantities
  • Eating when sad, lonely or bored
  • Feeling out of control of the situation
  • Low self-esteem and confidence
  • Feelings of regret, guilt and shame
  • Depression
  • Obsessed with food and body

Long-Term Side Effects

  • Heart problems
  • Liver and kidney problems
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Gall bladder disease
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Premature death

ED Causes?

Unfortunately research has not yet been able to identify a definite cause of anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder. However it is thought that a combination of factors can lead to the development of eating disorders:

  • Genetic factors have been identified by some experts as possible causes for anorexia and bulimia. Research suggests an individual is more likely to develop an eating disorder if there is a history of it in the family
  • Anxiety related issues
  • Research into whether biological factors such as imbalances of chemicals in the brain can cause eating disorders has been done, but nothing is yet conclusive
  • Major life changes (such as family problems or losing someone close to you) and trauma (such as physical or sexual abuse) are believed to trigger eating disorders in some individuals
  • Pressure from society and the media to be thin.
    Some occupations have been found to be increase the risk of anorexia, (dancers, models, actors and food workers).

Eating Disorder Testimonial

“Hi Max! Thank you so much for everything you did for me when I was unwell. Really means a lot especially now I am 100% back to myself The last few months I have just become totally myself. Not one bit of any eating disorder is left and I know it will never return. I still study hypnosis books actually. What you and Kyra did for me I won’t forget, it makes me feel sick when I think how unwell I was and a complete stubborn pain, but I got there in the end and I love every single day. I came off the anti-depressants I was put on and everyday I just grow as myself. All I ever wanted was to be me again because I was always so happy and loved life and that’s exactly where I am now. Thank you! xxx”

Clare B.

“Hugely grateful to this man for getting me to start eating again when I was at my lowest point. Cannot thank you enough for everything you did for me I wouldn’t have my little family if it wasn’t for you and Kyra Mathers. You deserve all the recognition thank you beyond words, and huge congratulations xx xxxx.”

Clare L. I.

Hypnotherapy for Eating Disorders

  • A unique combination of hypnosis, NLP and latest cognitive behavioural techniques
  • Transform anxious, negative thoughts and behaviours into positive ones
  • A powerful and effective way to begin to break compulsive habits and behaviours
  • A new healthy eating program

* Usually 3-10 sessions.

IMPORTANT: Please note that the effects of therapy may differ for different clients. No therapy can give you a 100% guarantee of a cure. All clients are required to complete a questionnaire form before undertaking hypnotherapy, in which you will be asked to disclose certain medical information. Whilst clinical hypnotherapy is very safe, if you are epileptic, or undergoing psychiatric treatment, then you should obtain a letter from your medical practitioner to confirm that you may have Eating disorders Hypnotherapy London. Anorexia Hypnotherapy London. Bulimia Hypnotherapy London, ED Hypnotherapy London

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