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Bulimia Nervosa and other Eating Disorders
A Program of Recovery for Clients with Bulimia Nervosa
Bulimia Nervosa is a secretive and distressing problem for anyone caught up in it, but ironically, despite the secrecy which makes you think you're the only one, it is more common than you might imagine.
Are you a young sufferer reading this? Do your parents know you have this problem; have you confided in them yet? Are you a parent with bulimia nervosa? Do you want help yourself, or are you worried that your children are being affected by your addictive behaviour? Have you tried and tried to overcome your bingeing with little or no success? Well, you are not alone! Even with medical help, the failure rate of self-help recovery is high. My aim, with The Haven Approach to Bulimia Nervosa treatment program, is to build hope, to strengthen resolve and give you the tools you need to help you change that result.
Bulimia nervosa is particularly common in young women and teenage girls. However, in recent times it is becoming clear that one in three sufferers are now men. But, I want to establish straight away, The Haven Approach to Bulimia Nervosa is effective whether you are male or female.
One of the main worries, I find, is that when you make the decision to quit binging, you may be afraid that you won't be able to cope with your thoughts, emotions and problems, in any other way. Binge and vomit have worked so successfully up to now, that change is terrifying. My main purpose will be to give you other choices, so you will have new, easier, cleaner ways to cope with your problems.
Most people can remember a time before bingeing, before vomiting. Some see that time through rose tinted glasses, others see it as somewhere to get back too, while others see it as a troubled time and the reason they turned to bingeing in the first place. Whatever, or wherever you feel that recovering from bulimia will get you, rarely is the process of recovery as traumatic or as frightening as was predicted, because, yes, you will have to face some things, but with guidance, reassurance and the necessary tools in place, I will do my absolute best to make this painless and pain free.
You will find new ways to deal with your problems, emotions and thoughts. New ways that are painless and pain free. They may not always be easy and you may have the odd setback, but you know already, if it was that easy, you'd have done it already. Maybe what was not so obvious, were the tools, strategies and techniques that I will show you, teach you, and make absolutely sure you are able to use day in and day out, to facilitate your recovery in the shortest possible time. All you have to do to guarantee your success is commit to sticking to the program!
Disorders related to bulimia nervosa.
Depression is common in people with bulimia nervosa. Typically, the degree of depression will increase and decrease depending on the cycle of the eating disorder. So, when bingeing and vomiting are at their most severe, depression will increase. One point worthy of note here: When treatment is successful, meaning the bingeing and vomiting are gone, then most of these other symptoms are also resolved, and often, no further treatments are necessary.
The disorder most closely related to bulimia nervosa is anorexia nervosa. Quite often, there is an initial diagnosis of anorexia nervosa, which then turns into bulimia nervosa. It's not unusual for sufferers to switch between the two. When both are combined it is known as bulimic anorexia, and sufferers tend to be particularly underweight. Overweight occurs in binge eaters who don't then engage in compensatory behviour. However, the feeling of a sense of loss of control, is the same, and the guilt, self-loathing, disgust and shame that follow, are also comparable.
As bulimia nervosa is a form of self-harm, it is not unusual for people with bulimia nervosa to engage in other impulse disorders, such as alcohol, drugs, OCD, and physical self-harm, such as cutting, or burning, or hair pulling. All of these behaviours are an attempt to tranquilize the anxiety and stress drivers, or to change the outcome away from certain failure.
Bulimia nervosa and dieting.
At any one time millions of women are on a diet. So, dieting by itself is not the reason for the bulimia nervosa. However, one characteristic of bulimia nervosa is strict dieting. Almost everyone knows that the stricter the diet, the more chance of failure. The more restrictive the diet, the quicker the decent into ill health and again, the more chance of repeated failure. This makes the bulimic person obsessed with thoughts of food, eating, weight and shape. Because the eating is out of control, this brings to the forefront feelings of depression, demoralisation and distress. The amount of attention and concentration needed to maintain the food alertness required is exhausting. Feeling exhausted and frustrated leads to further feelings of loss of control, and worse, not being able to do anything about it.
The result of all this is low self-esteem and low self-confidence in their own inability to maintain a sense of control over body shape and weight. They will eventually become overwhelmed with feelings of failure and worthlessness, including feeling unlovable, unlikeable, and alone. I often hear is said, the loneliness is the worst. All this negativity tricks the brain into believing, not that it has made a mistake and should find new choices, but that actually, it isn't doing it enough. The negative behaviour becomes ever more exagerated and explicit as the brain is trapped in this downward spiral in it's attempt to find a solution.
How bulimia affects your body.
Blood can become anaemic. Heart can develop irregular heart beat, heart muscle weakness, heart failure, low pulse and low blood pressure. Body Fluids can be low resulting in dehydration, low potassium, low magnesium, low sodium. Intestines can suffer with constipation, irregular bowel movements, bloating, diarrhea, abdominal cramps. Hormone imbalance can lead to irregular or absent periods. Brain symptoms include depression, fear of gaining weight, anxiety, dizziness, shame, low self-esteem and low self-confidence. Face symptoms can include swelling of the cheeks and soreness. The mouth can be sore and the teeth develop cavities, tooth enamel suffers erosion by stomach acid, gum disease, tooth sensitivity and bad breath are all common. The throat and oesophagus can become sore, irritated, and can tear or rupture producing blood in the vomit. Muscles soon show signs of fatigue and spasm. Stomach ulcers can be painful and rupture, also producing blood in the vomit. Liver and kidney damage is possible. Skin becomes dry and abrasions of the knuckles is common. And to top it all, you can become bloated, which makes you look bigger than you really are, and addicted to diet pills, laxatives, appetite suppressants, and the lure of compensatory behaviour. Maybe you can relate to some of this already?
How does The Haven Approach to Bulimia Nervosa Recovery work?
I will provide you with papers and literature to help you establish the depth of your involvement with bulimia nervosa, which we will work through together. Once this is done, we will very quickly switch to using powerful strategies to help you overcome your eating disorder, geared around you changing how you feel about your body, shape, size and mind. Understanding how you became involed with bingeing and compensating is very crucial for you to understand how your healing journey will occur, so that you can interact with your environment anew, knowing you feel strongly about using your techniques and strategies in a confident and successful way. You will set new goals to help you challenge negative thoughts and behaviours, to break the links that have kept you tied to this condition. Your goals and strategies will shift over time with a guided fluidity, that will ensure your success, so that you not only get better, but stay better.
The cost is per session, if you prefer, but by signing up to a series of sessions, you will get a sizeable discount for completing the program. For example, you sign up for 15 sessions, which should see you free of bulimia nervosa for good, but you pay for only 12, thus getting 3 sessions for free. I am very happy for you to book one or two sessions initially to help you decide if this is right for you, before committing to a program of treatment. The choice is yours.
A Program of Recovery for Clients with Bulimia Nervosa. Whether you are on medication or not, this program of recovery is designed to help you break free from Bulimia Nervosa. Just a few treatments, on a regular basis, while you are focusing on breaking free from bulimia nervosa, will accelerate and support your recovery like nothing else around. If this idea resonates with you, I invite you to visit The Haven Healing Centre in Blagdon for a course of treatments. Appointments and a treatment price list are available by clicking here. But please ask about my set price treatment package which will give you all the tools you need for recovery. I look forward to welcoming you soon. Phil.
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