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Hypnosis and Anorexia

Hypnosis and Anorexia

Hypnosis and Anorexia

"Anorexia, (not eating) or bulimia, (eating excessively then purging or forcing vomiting), is associated with low self-esteem and a feeling of not being in control of life. Subconsciously, the mind will work to allow that individual to be in control of something that cannot be controlled by others….what food you put (or don’t put) in your mouth."

Without treatment, up to twenty percent of people with serious eating disorders die. People who become anorexic often were children eager to please, perfectionists, who underneath felt inadequate. For example, making ones body tiny and thin may mean “I’m not ready to grow up and take responsibility, or “I am starving for attention, or “I won’t let you control me.” They become anxious when facing new situations, having low tolerance for change, feel a sense of chaos and loss of control. Some set rigid and unrealistic standards for themselves or they have been set by controlling parents. Obsessive/compulsive in behavior, they feel inadequate, and fearful of not measuring up, which can lead to anxiety, guilt, and a feeling of hopelessness. Inside they feel weak, victimized and resentful. In that need to control family, friends, and circumstances they do not know how to express their anger about life, seeking approval and fearing criticism, they dare not express that anger directly, in healthy ways so they get the power by controlling what others can not……what they put (or don’t put) in their bodies. Deep down they feel unworthy and turn against themselves by starving. They lack a true sense of identity and attempt to create that through what they perceive is socially approved and admired exterior, falsely perpetrated by advertising and the media. These unrealistic cultural demands for thinness, leads to linking self-esteem to weight.

Some people with eating disorders say they feel smothered in overprotective families. Others feel abandoned, misunderstood, and alone. Some appearance-obsessed friends or romantic partners can create pressure that encourages eating disorders as well. Triggers for eating disorders can be anything from teasing, , assimilating into a new school or job, marriage and divorce, puberty, being constantly criticized, or something as devastation as rape or incest. With anorexia a person refuses to maintain normal body weight for their weight and height norms, denies the dangers of low weight, is terrified of gaining weight even though they are alarmingly thin, and feel fat, even when emaciated. This often includes depression, irritability, withdrawal, exhibiting compulsive rituals and strange eating habits. They will skip meals, take only tiny portions, don’t eat in front of others and mix strange food combinations. They also will chew food but spit it out before swallowing. Diet soda is a popular item as it makes them feel full without any caloric intake. They may be extremely intelligent but think that “if I am thinner, I will feel better about myself.” They can become irrational and deny anything is wrong, argue with people who try to help, withdraw, and often have trouble concentrating, and obsesses about food (and exercise).

The person with an eating disorder has trouble talking about feelings, especially anger.

They often become exercise addicts, repress anger and have low self-esteem. Exercise is no longer a free choice; it becomes necessary and compulsory. It provides temporary feelings of well being and chemical euphoria.

The problem is, of course, is that starving to death and obsessive exercise does not fix what is wrong on the inside. This is where regressive hypnosis is so valuable by reaching the true feelings of anger and lack of self-worth housed deep in the subconscious mind. When the cause is released, so are the symptoms.

Another component of eating disorders is bulimia. People to become bulimic often have problems with anxiety, depression and impulse control. They may diet, seeking to feel better about themselves. That depravation leads to hunger cravings which lead to binge eating. Feeling guilty, they try to remove calories from their bodies by vomiting, laxative abuse, and other methods of purging. The person gorges in secret. They may also binge on other things such as alcohol and shopping. A great percentage of bulimics have suffered abuse including rape and incest. They try to escape those overwhelming memories by numbing themselves. They seek external solutions for the internal problems of feeling empty, depressed, anxious, fearful, guilty and insecure. The internal solution is to access these feeling in the subconscious, deal with them through hypnotic techniques and release them. Then, build up the confidence and self-esteem which is so very low in these individual.

-  Information courtesy of Anred.

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