October 15, 2009

Eating Disorder Treatments – Finally A Cure That Works

Traditional therapies tend to tackle one side of the numerous issues which lead to eating disorders, but are not all-encompassing.
CBT
Cognitive behavioural therapy tells the sufferer to take one day at a time and “manage” their issue – With guidelines to avert their destructive behaviour. This focuses on the symptoms of the eating disorder, but not the root cause.
Counselling
Psychotherapy or counselling takes the opposite tactic and attempts to focus on all the emotional issues which might be at the route of the eating disorder, by asking the sufferer to evaluate their life and recount traumatic past experiences.
Because the emphasis of counselling is on “counting your worries”, it can even mean that the sufferer becomes more depressed as a result and their eating disorder worsens.
The NHS
In the experience of many sufferers, (including Tasha at Winning Minds), the NHS will either fail to properly diagnose an eating disorder  (particularly bulimia, because sufferers tend to be a normal weight) or, if they do recognise it, they will prescribe one of the therapies above, which tend to prove unhelpful, for the reasons stated.
Weight Charts
It is worth mentioning that the NHS weight charts, which are used to ascertain whether a patient has a healthy “BMI”, tend to allow for a patient to be considerably underweight by any other standard and yet still be deemed “healthy”.
Not all anorexics weight 5 stone and, as mentioned, bulimics can often be within a healthy weight range. At this point in time, it is the experience of many eating disorder sufferers that they are only taken seriously by the NHS if they fall into the “underweight” catagory on their weight charts, and it is not at all clear what these charts are based on.

The therapies which tend to be prescribed for eating disorder sufferers are designed to teach them how to “manage” their issue, one day at a time.  This perpetuates the myth that, whilst yor destructive behaviour may cease, you will always FEEL like an ED sufferer on the inside. This does NOT have to be the case.

Traditional therapies will tackle one side of the numerous issues which lead to eating disorders, but are not all-encompassing.

CBT

Cognitive behavioural therapy tells the sufferer to take one day at a time and “manage” their issue – With guidelines to avert their destructive behaviour. This focuses on the symptoms of the eating disorder, but not the root cause.

Counselling

Psychotherapy or counselling takes the opposite tactic and attempts to focus on all the emotional issues which might be at the route of the eating disorder, by asking the sufferer to evaluate their life and recount traumatic past experiences.

Because the emphasis of counselling is on “counting your worries”, it can even mean that the sufferer becomes more depressed as a result and their eating disorder worsens.

The NHS

In the experience of many sufferers, (including Tasha at Winning Minds), the NHS will either fail to properly diagnose an eating disorder  (particularly bulimia, because sufferers tend to be a normal weight) or, if they do recognise it, they will prescribe one of the therapies above, which tend to prove unhelpful, for the reasons stated.

Weight Charts

It is worth mentioning that the NHS weight charts, which are used to ascertain whether a patient has a healthy “BMI”, tend to allow for a patient to be considerably underweight by any other standard and yet still be deemed “healthy”.

Not all anorexics weight 5 stone and, as mentioned, bulimics can often be within a healthy weight range. At this point in time, it is the experience of many eating disorder sufferers that they are only taken seriously by the NHS if they fall into the “underweight” catagory on their weight charts, and it is not at all clear what these charts are based on.

At Winning Minds we focus on changing your mind-set. That’s why our unique neural recoding technique might have been invented as the ultimate eating disorder treatment.

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