Bulimia, like any dependent state, takes its causes in childhood traumas. Therefore, there is not a single methodology that guarantees successful work. People with bulimia come from both “prosperous” and “dysfunctional” families; slightly different mechanisms work there, but which lead to the same result - low self-esteem, dependence on other people and on food.
People with bulimia do not understand well their body, poorly controlling their feelings, poorly understanding their needs and desires. Therefore, they often lack keen feelings and are often inconsistent. There are also a lot of conflicting values in bulimia that developed during childhood. These values are double biases, like "Come here, come from here." Treatment for bulimia is usually quite long and is associated with the unraveling of these values, reassessment of childhood experiences, as well as the trauma of rejection, ignorance.
When using methods that do not lead to a change in values, treatment is reduced to the temporary relief of symptoms, which then manifest themselves either again in RPP, or turn into other disorders and addictions: compulsive overeating, alcoholism, auto-aggression, or into something else.
To understand the method that will suit you, try going to free consultations to different 10-20 experienced psychologists or psychotherapists on RPP. Anyone you like to work with - try it, work for 1-2 months, like it, keep working, if you don't like it - look for another.
Out of 10-20 specialists, you will probably find someone who suits you best.
One of the most effective exercises for bulimia is the exercise to increase your sensitivity - every 15 minutes ask yourself: "What is my body feeling? What are my feelings? What do I want?"
This is an exercise for a basic understanding of how you feel in your body. And understanding your body is the basis of a healthy psyche.
Bulimics experience a lot of shame. This feeling is present in the background for everyone who suffers from boudimia, they constantly feel ashamed for something. They constantly avoid situations where they will be even more ashamed, and ashamed of them in many situations, so belemics have many limitations. Because of shame, bulimics cannot feel any other feelings than shame. The same effect occurs when classical calm music is drowned out by loud rock and then it is impossible to hear the classics behind the rock.
There is a wonderful exercise to reduce shame. We imagine ourselves as a 4-year-old child, then we shrink, cover our face with our hands (this is what children do when they are ashamed), wait 3-5 minutes, often the shame diminishes and then other feelings may appear that were not expected. To enhance the effect, you can hide under the table.
The causes of bulimia lie in the social environment and childhood trauma, these bulimic injuries are usually considered normal. Therefore, self-treatment of bulimia may consist in changing the social environment in mild cases. If this did not help, then only referring to psychologists or psychotherapists on the RPP can help. Usuallybulimia, like other addictions, cannot be cured on its own. At the same time, with the right approach, bulimia is treated.
The causes of bulimia are a combination of genetic and environmental factors, as shown by the most recent research. A certain part of the population is born with a predisposition to bulimia, and those who fall into conditions favorable for the development of the disorder become bulimics.
It is noted that girls who are prone to bulimia in adolescence demonstrate a combination of impulsivity and shyness. They start sexual experiments early, try alcohol and drugs, they would like to behave defiantly, but they are shy. Inducing vomiting is a completely unnatural process for a person, most people simply cannot induce vomiting on request, and bulimics, having tried it for the first time (on the advice of a friend, after reading on the Internet, etc.) feel relief and relief.
Essentially, the emotional function of bulimia is a "reset", a release from emotions that a person is not able to cope with by other means. It is a "aid" that gets fixed and becomes difficult to get rid of. This is why self-treatment of bulimia is so difficult (and professional treatment too). In addition, a psychologist specializing in eating behavior and a psychiatrist should be involved in the treatment of bulimia, prescribing medications, if necessary, to speed up the treatment process.
When trying to solve this problem on my own, I would pay attention to the following points: support - loved ones, relatives, friends who are aware of the problem, and are ready to give you support in the process, having like-minded people - it is easier to defeat bulimia in a group than alone, and search for methods of emotional self-regulation that work for you personally. Nothing will ever work as liberating and soothing for you. like an episode of overeating and subsequent vomiting, just as for a cocaine addict nothing will seem as exciting as the state of being after drug use. But the problem is that both can kill or severely cripple - and faster. than you think. Therefore, it is important to find alternatives that allow you to be distracted, calm down and refrain from an attack.
Materials on bulimia can be read here: intueat.ru under the tag bulimia, more materials on this topic will appear in the near future.
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