Treatment of Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder
Efficacy’s Cognitive Behavioural therapists, based in centres across London and the UK, are experts and highly training in delivering CBT treatments to help you overcome bulimia and binge eating disorder.
Binge eating can take place in a small time frame. The general features are overeating or maybe being aware that you have eaten a lot more than others would do in a given period. It can seem that during your overeating there is a sense of lack of control and a feeling of eating in an “automatic pilot” fashion.
Bulimia Nervosa is characterised by way of controlling weight gain. People who present for therapy describe many ways of approaching this including induced vomiting, use of laxatives, diuretics, enemas and over exercising.
Bulimia Nervosa tends to be more common in western cultures especially in females. However, it must be noted that this is not a difficulty only experienced by females. It is estimated that 1-2% of the population suffer from Bulimia.
The characteristic features to be diagnosed must take place over a sustained period of three months. The habit of overeating and method for controlling weight gain must occur regularly, e.g. twice a week.
In some cases, the individual may deny themselves of food. This can seem like fasting but may be accompanied by a purge of food at a later time.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) will provide a goal focussed collaborative approach to treating the difficulty, and is the treatment of choice – as recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE).
Treatment will involve education around the presenting problem; it will also help to reveal and challenge beliefs around bingeing and body shape.
Therapy will aim to establish an understanding of binge patterns and how they may be related to mood and other stressors.
Therapy will not solely focus on bingeing and weight control methods we will view the individual holistically and work with any accompanying difficulties such as low mood, irritability, anxiety or low self-esteem.
There is a growing evidence base for CBT in the treatment of Bulimia and an absence of any other robust research of other psychological approaches; in particular, CBT can be effective for the underlying causes leading to bulimia (e.g., low self-esteem issues) along with managing bulimic behaviours.