Anorexia- Hypnosis to cure anorexia

Hypnosis to cure anorexia nervosa

Can hypnosis cure anorexia? Firstly lets examine the history of anorexia.

The earliest recording of Anorexia was during the 17th century but it was not widely accepted as a recognised condition by the medical profession until the late 19th century. It is therefore often thought of as a ‘modern day’ ailment which the general public were only made more aware of when the American singer Karen Carpenter died in 1983 at the young age of 32 years old. Another young woman who sadly died from this illness was the Scottish singer Lena Zavaroni who had battled with Anorexia since she was a teenager finally succumbing to it in 1999 at the age of 36.
anorexiaIt is normally recognised as a physical condition but it is in fact a mental health issue which affects the individual’s physical health and well-being. Females make up 85-90% of those affected and teenagers and young adults aged between 12 and 26 make up 95% of those who are diagnosed with an eating disorder. Anorexia is the most common cause of death in young women aged 15 to 24, almost twelve times higher than any other cause or illness. The numbers in males being diagnosed is also rising as social media puts a lot of pressure on young people of both sexes nowadays to look unrealistically good at all times.

Can hypnosis cure anorexia nervosa

The majority of people will tell you they would like to lose a few pounds to look and feel better and some go on a diet to achieve this. However, for some it becomes all about control and they begin to enjoy the control they have over their body. At an age when young people are already pushing the boundaries in all aspects of their lives whether it is at home or in school, they are often denied the freedom to express themselves regardless of the situation as their elders still treat them as being immature. Their bodies are the only real part of their lives they can completely control and it makes them feel good. Each generation has increasing social pressure on them to look better than their predecessors and the demands can become overwhelming.
Some can quickly become obsessed with their weight and their appearance and go to incredible lengths to do everything they can to lose more and more weight.  Every mouthful of food has to be accounted for and every single calorie has to be recorded. They take up or increase exercise and will often put themselves through the most gruelling regimes, punishing themselves if they fail by denyianorexiang what little food they are allowing themselves. They become secretive, and are cunning at hiding their weight loss and actual food intake from their families and others closest to them. They start wearing baggy clothes, making themselves sick after mealtimes, lying about how much they are eating, hiding food or playing around with it on their plates. Sometimes the weight loss is extreme and they are very ill before their families realise the extent of the problem.
Even as their weight plummets, their ribs are sticking out and their appearance is gaunt, the individual still believes they are fat and need to lose more. As food becomes their sole focus they increase their regime even as their body becomes weaker through lack of nutrition. They start taking laxatives to ensure what little food they consume is expelled from their body as soon as possible. Some take diuretics and use enemas to vacate any food in their stomach or bowels.
As starvation sets in they may occasionally have a blowout and binge as their resolve weakens. However, immediately afterwards they feel so guilty and disgusted that they purge themselves any way possible to gain some of that control back. This is similar to Bulimia Nervosa, a related illness where the individual binges then purges on food, retaining their weight though causing long term damage to their bodies the same as an Anorexic.
anorexiaEventually, the damage caused to their health becomes apparent as they cannot hide their gaunt appearance and skeletal image forever. The symptoms caused by starving their body become more and more apparent to others. These include constant fatigue, insomnia, low blood count and low blood pressure, depression, always feeling cold and in females their menstruation cycle stops. Their appearance gives them away as their hair thins, their nails become brittle and their skin becomes dull and lifeless looking. This is the body beginning to shut down as vital organs are not receiving any nutrients to keep them working.

 

Anorexia hypnosis cure

Unfortunately there are no medicines available to cure anorexia as it is a mental condition and it is theanorexia mind that has to be treated. If the individual’s body weight reaches a dangerously low level then hospitalisation and medical intervention is usually the only option where she can be monitored closely. Psychiatrists and dieticians are involved in the rehabilitation process to ensure her weight increases again. Many refuse the help or are too weak to eat and have to be force fed through a drip. Once their weight is back up to an acceptable though still underweight level, they are released from medical care promising they will not return to their old habits. Unfortunately, many are not ‘cured’ and immediately begin the cycle once more though this time more cunning and determined than ever. Sadly, many have not been able to accept they have a problem and die, believing up to the very end that their skeletal image is overweight.


Hypnotherapy is recognised as an alternative and viable method in helping the individual look at the reasons why they need to control their lives in this unhealthy way. The therapist will help them to look at what might have caused them to want to abuse their body in this way.  There are a number of reasons why they may have developed anorexia. With Lena Zavaroni she was told she was chubby at 10 years old and could do with losing a few pounds for the cameras. This led to a lifetime obsession of struggling with her weight which became fatal. Karen Carpenter died of heart failure, the consequences of strict dieting and purging for years.
Other causes which can lead to a lifetime of dieting and self-loathing of their body image is bullying. Or ananorexia innocent comment by a family member can be taken out of context as regards to their weight or image. There may be a close family member who is a serial dieter and obsesses about food and diets all the time, this may lead the individual to think this is the norm and they automatically assume they should restrict their food intake too. The media portrays unachievable and unrealistic body images daily. Magazines display pictures of airbrushed, skinny models and the public are brain washed into believing this is the image we should all work towards to achieve. Television programmes employ the slimmest and most attractive people to act day in and day out on our screens and we believe everyone should look like this.
Our obsession with celebrity lifestyles has increased the pressure on our impressionable young people to look like them all the time. This is impossible as we do not have the money or the time to invest in these unrealistic images. These ‘celebrities’ have personal chefs; personal trainers and many undergo surgical procedures to obtain and upkeep their image.
It is important to find a good therapist who will work on raising the individuals self -esteem, their confidence and self-worth. He will help her to improve her self- image and to love herself for who she is and not for whom she is not. The therapist will work on changing her attitude to food, making her aware of the value of food as a nutritional resource and not one to fear.

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