We have progressed greatly by using unconventional methods to help people overcome health issues like eating disorders. However, before considering possible treatments, it’s crucial to dive deeper into the issue and understand the root cause. Eating disorders have become more common than they used to be, affecting over 28.8 million Americans (9% of the US population).

But What is an Eating Disorder?

An eating disorder is a psychological condition that develops unhealthy eating habits. You either become obsessed with food and often overeat, resulting in being overweight or start disliking food to the point that it can cause you to become quite underweight. While initially, an eating disorder doesn’t harm a person, if left untreated, it can result in death.

Symptoms of Eating Disorder

Depending on your body weight and general lifestyle, different people can have different symptoms. However, some common symptoms include:

  • Excessive restriction of food
  • Binge eating
  • Purging behavior (such as overexercising or vomiting)
  • Dramatic weight loss or weight gain
  • Uncomfortable eating in public
  • Excuses to avoid mealtime
  • Feeling excessively hot or cold
  • Dressing in layers to stay warm or to hide weight loss
  • Denying the feeling of hunger
  • Missing menstrual periods (for women)

Some physical signs can be:

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (such as stomach cramps)
  • Poor concentration
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Sleep irregularities
  • Dry skin
  • Thin and dry nails
  • Excessive hair loss or hair thinning
  • Weak muscles
  • Poor immunity

Causes of Eating Disorders

Every disease has a root cause that must be identified to offer the right treatment. One of these root causes of an eating disorder is genetics. If someone in your immediate family has a history of an eating disorder, such as siblings or parents, you might have it too.

However, some other causes that recently surfaced include the pressure to be “thin” due to societal preferences and the media promoting such ideals. This has caused many teens to forcefully reduce their appetite by starving themselves or purposely vomiting after consuming a meal.

But what can be done to treat an eating disorder? The answer lies in hypnotherapy.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to reprogram the subconscious mind to break bad habits or manage symptoms of certain health conditions. It’s done by putting the client in a hypnotic state to relax their body while keeping their mind alert. This allows them to put undivided attention and focus on their inner experiences.

How Does Hypnotherapy Help People With Eating Disorders?

Those with eating disorders also have many fears and anxiety associated with food. This fear keeps building up, preventing them from eating in public or joining friends for a meal, pushing them into isolation.

In such cases, hypnotherapy can be a useful tool to eliminate these fears and neutralize their perspective about food. Hypnotherapy also works well when combined with other therapeutic models, such as Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), to manage eating disorders.

Hypnotherapy aims to create subtle changes over time with each session and alter the subconscious mind. This results in significant changes in the client’s response, attitude, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

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Reliable Hypnotherapy Clinic in Naples for Eating Disorders

If you’re looking for a trusted hypnotherapy clinic in Naples to manage an eating disorder, get in touch with us today.

Advanced Hypnotherapy of Naples is a hypnotherapy clinic located in Naples. With over 45 years of combined experience, we have helped over 2200 clients with a wide range of problems, from weight loss management in Naples to insomnia therapy in Naples and eating disorder therapy.

Contact us now to learn more.

Written by

Peter Williams CHt. CHI