Bulimia is bouts of uncontrolled eating followed by some form of purging. The purging can range from putting your fingers down your throat to a rigorous exercise programme – I have seen seven to ten exercise visits a week - to using lots of laxatives. Certain forms of purging will eventually cause dental damage.
I have treated many Bulimics and the common thread seems to be strict rules about food. Rules - lots and lots of them. And if they are broken this can tip you into a binge which then kicks off a whole cycle of bingeing and purging. The other biggie that can kick off a cycle is difficult emotions or thoughts.
The key to all this is the cycle. It has distinct phases: emotional, physical and mental. Many, many Bulimics report feeling ‘out-of-body’ or watching themselves when they are going through a cycle and have no control.
They often report that no one else knows about their secret and they would stop a binge immediately if someone were to show up when they were eating. If any of these rings true you might be experiencing anxiety in social situations where you cannot control food and drink. This can lead to a shallow social life or little interaction to avoid these difficult situations.
Distorted or overvalued ideas about body shape may also bother you.
Sometimes Bulimia is masking other worries – which may be driving the symptom visibly or invisibly depending on your awareness of the past.
How Hypnotherapy helps
Hypnotherapy is an excellent intervention for this condition. Clinical Hypnotherapists have specific tools and protocols that target the state producing the condition.
We start out by building a really accurate picture of how you have arrived at this point. It will be fundamental to gain insight into your world and to share a level of trust. Often our work together is very gentle for the first few sessions. If all proceeds well then we look at the specific protocol to ‘unhook’ the internal programme that is causing the cycles of purging and bingeing.
Often after successful clinical hypnosis for bulimia I recommend some with a qualified psychotherapist or psychologist. I can usually recommend one in your area that has experience with bulimia.
Clinical Hypnotherapy is a powerful, safe and fast tool in the right hands.
Look at How Hypnotherapy Works for a jargon free explanation of this process.