The idea of using hypnotherapy to treat an eating disorder may sound strange at first. But this type of therapy has been used to successfully treat a variety of issues, including smoking, self esteem, phobias, and many others. Many people are interested in using hypnotherapy for treatment because it has no side effects, doesn’t involve any hospitalization or medication, and seems like a quicker way to get results. Others turn to hypnotherapy after trying other treatment methods with no success. When it comes to treating an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia, it seems like hypnotherapy would be a good choice.
What is hypnotherapy and how does it work?
Hypnosis works by first getting the individual into a state of deep relaxation that allows them to be more open to suggestions on a deeper subconscious level. Once a patient reaches that deeper level of relaxation, a hypnotherapist can address whatever issues brought them to therapy in the first place and work to reverse destructive or unwanted behaviors.
The hypnotherapist may do this by gently making suggestions that address the issues, or they may lead the patient into visualizations that include their goals or desired results. One of the other main goals of a hypnotherapy session is to leave a patient feeling more relaxed, refreshed, and less stressed.
Is hypnotherapy effective?
Several studies have been done to determine whether or not hypnotherapy is effective for treating a variety of issues, from anxiety to impotence. This alternative therapy has indeed helped many people deal with issues, cope with pain and other discomfort, and stop unwanted behaviors like smoking. But can it help when it comes to treating an eating disorder?
Eating disorder experts and doctors seem to agree that hypnotherapy alone cannot effectively help a patient overcome an eating disorder like bulimia or anorexia. An eating disorder is a complex mental disorder that requires a multifaceted approach when it comes to treatment. It may be tempting to turn to hypnotherapy for treatment because it seems so simple, safe, and straightforward, but for a mental condition like an eating disorder, only hard work and guidance from treatment professionals will lead to a full recovery. And because an eating disorder can be potentially fatal, it would be dangerous to rely solely on a method like hypnotherapy for treatment. A person doing this would run a high risk of falling back into old behavior patterns, or even making their disorder worse.
For other issues, using hypnotherapy for treatment is safe, effective, and has no unpleasant side effects. Hypnotherapy has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of a variety of conditions like stress, insomnia, and anxiety. These conditions often occur with an eating disorder, so hypnotherapy can be used in conjunction with professional treatment aimed at a patient’s specific eating disorder. This approach to using hypnotherapy to compliment an existing treatment plan is an effective strategy for treating a variety of complex mental conditions. Studies have shown that when used on its own, hypnotherapy does not have the ability to completely cure or eliminate issues or behaviors.
What kind of therapy can effectively treat an eating disorder?
Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) have both been shown to be effective methods for eating disorder treatment. Both methods help patients identify their negative thought patterns, understand the psychological factors of their disorder, and transform their feelings about food and their bodies. These methods help patients get in touch with their emotions, grow awareness, and learn new skills for changing their attitudes.