Eating Disorder Therapy
Every day millions of boys and girls, women and men worldwide try to escape eating disorders. They fight with anorexia or bulimia, dreaming of recovery and getting rid of voices inside.
You are not alone with your fears. There are therapies as proper treatment, self-esteem, support from others, and self-help strategies that will help you to overcome any eating disorder and become self-confident and happy.
Many 'patients' suffer for years keeping their problem in secret before they finally admit it and share with relatives. There is a way to and family support is essential.
Don't use eating disorders to cope with hard times in your life
Eating disorder therapy starts with admitting the problem. It's hard, especially if you're still confident that weight loss is the key to happiness and success. If you’re determined to change your unhealthy eating behaviors and ready to ask for help, one more thing is to rethink is who you are.
All treatment programs from anorexia to bulimia make you learn the following:
To listen to your body and feelings
Love and accept yourself
And remember, eating disorder therapy depends on the individual.
Choose your own plan
Step 1: Ask for help
It can be scary and embarrassing to ask for a friend's/family member's/schoolmate's/colleague's help, so many people find it less threatening to trust a specialist. Remember, some of your friends or relatives may be shocked, confused, or uneducated in their respond to the details of your eating disorder. Stay patient and just educate them a little as for the health peculiarities of yours.
Step 2: Find a specialist
Experienced and caring health professionals are the second golden rule of any treatment program. Find the one who will make you feel comfortable and safe.
Step 3: Face health problems
Your underweight, anorexia and bulimia are terrible and dangerous for health. You should always consult a professional, as nothing is more important than your physical well-being.
Step 4: Make a treatment program plan
Work out a long-term treatment program plan and listen to every member of your eating disorder therapy team: a psychologist, a psychiatrist, a doctor, a nutritionist.
An effective therapy program should treat the root problem, first of all, your difficulties while coping with negative emotions: stress, fear, anxiety, sadness and others.
There are various treatment options but you should find the combination that will work best.
Disordered eating is a coping mechanism: you refuse from food to control or 'punish' yourself.
Learn positive ways to cope with negative emotions
1. Cognitive-behavioral therapyis the most common therapy that targets negative thoughts as a cause of eating disorders.
It helps to make you enjoy food but not deal with emotions. Cognitive-behavioral therapy also includes some relaxation techniques, healthy weight management and education about nutrition.The first step is to realize what’s really going on. Remember, feeling overweight and unattractive warns that you are upset, depressed, stressed or lonely.
Don't starve but choose a positive alternative to it, for example:
Take a walk
Listen to music
Play with your pet
Read a good book
Call a friend
Go to the movies
Play a favorite game
Go out into the nature
Do something good for someone else
2. Cope with your anorexia or bulimia by anemotional Do/Don't List. The following tips will help you:
be open to your emotions
allow yourself to be natural and sincere with close people
feel the most of every emotion
pretend you feel nothing when you really do
let people shame you for expressing feelings
focus on food and its taste but not on emotions
3. Makea list of your positive qualities.
All the things you and others like about you: your talents, achievements, etc. Make a list of your negative qualities that you or others DON’T like about yourself and try to change them.
4. Focuson pluses of your body instead of searching for minuses in the mirror.
Remind yourself that even models and celebrities are not perfect. Just because you believe in something, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true. Absolutely avoid negative self-talk.
Improve your body image, do nice things for yourself (a massage, a manicure, a facial, a candlelight bath, a scented lotion, a new perfume) and alwaysstay active. Loving yourself and movement therapy are the best eating disorder therapy. Improve your well-being: take up yoga, play volleyball, ride a bike, make a snowman, or a sandcastle on the beach.
Life is good and unbelievable, so just enjoy it.