Treatments for Bulimia

Treatment approaches for Bulimia Nervosa are often aimed at the eating disorder itself, along with any associated mental health problems such as depression and low self esteem.

Research suggests that cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for many patients.

Sometimes antidepressant medication is prescribed in combination with therapy as some antidepressants have been suggested to help control the compulsion to binge.

Hypnotherapy is a psychological therapy which is becoming more widely used today in the treatment of many psychological problems, and some people find it very effective in the treatment of bulimia. At the onset of a bulimic episode most people describe ‘going into a trance’ where they are so focused on buying the food to binge and then the actual binge itself. Eventually the bingeing comes to an end, and the bulimic will purge food.

It is because an episode of bulimia is very much like a hypnotic trance, where your focus of attention becomes entirely wrapped up in the binge at the exclusion of everything else that this same ‘focus’ or hypnotic state can be used with hypnosis to help interrupt the cycle of bingeing and purging, helping you feel more relaxed and confident and in charge of it for a change.

Many people find the urge to binge and cravings for food diminish, which can help you to gain more self respect and generally feel better about yourself.

What is good about self hypnosis is that it is something people can do at home to help themselves in their recovery. I regularly use self hypnosis and have found it useful myself.

Perhaps you might like to take a look at these hypnosis downloads and try hypnosis for yourself:

  • Bulimia Treatment – Hypnosis can help you switch off unhelpful patterns to give you more control over your eating.
  • Stop Binge Eating – Stand up to your binge gremlins and kick the binge habit for good.