Compulsive Overeating Treatment
Compulsive Overeating is a variation on binge eating when you will eat at times when you are not hungry.
This may happen all the time or it may come and go in cycles.
Some people who are compulsive eaters are overweight, and may use their appearance as a shield they can hide behind to avoid social interaction, others hide behind a happy or jolly façade to avoid confronting their problems. This is where compulsive overeating therapy becomes a two tier approach dealing the symptoms of the problems IE the food intake and and also the underlying emotional issues causing the behaviour.
Sufferers often have great shame at being unable to control the compulsion to eat but the compulsion is so great that it is almost impossible to stop let alone be able to explain to anyone how overwhelming it is.
The real issue here is the association of what gives us “that feeling”, with the behaviour of needing to eat. The more it happens, the more guilty we feel and we try to hide it which compounds the problem and behaviour.
Associations and Compulsive Overeating Therapy
We makes associations through our lives and at some level the overeating compulsion will be linked to a feeling of safety, pleasure, being comfortable or some feeling that we are not experiencing in our lives at the moment.
One of the tell tale signs is the way it tends to stop when we are happy or have something which replaces the food so the problem tends not to be constant as in for years consistently.
Compulsive overeating is a serious condition and needs professional support to ensure long term recovery.
This normally will be a mix of quite severe low self esteem and confidence along with a strategy or pattern of behaviour that makes them feel better when they get quite low or unhappy/stressed. Again, it is a matter of finding a pattern interrupt but also working on the self esteem issues and assisting that person in really gaining confidence in themselves and who they are – plus where they want to be.
Compulsive Overeating Therapy Approach
Its not just about dealing with the actual eating – this is only the symptom. It is about dealing with the person as a whole and the underlying issue which is causing the behaviour. Find this and treat it first, then deal with the surface problem of the eating and that is our speciality.
Its a different approach but very effective by dealing with the core problem rather than just the symptom as so many other therapies do.
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