Bulimia Nervosa is a disorder that primarily affects adolescent and young adult women with a prevalence rate of 1 – 3%. It’s often associated with an obsession with self image and overemphasis on weight and shape in assessing self image.
Sufferers of bulimia will often engage in recurrent episodes of binge eating, eating amounts that are substantially larger than most people would eat in similar circumstances and time periods and a sense of lack of control over eating during the episode.
As a way of compensating, bulimics will often engage in self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, diuretics and enemas or excessive exercise.
Bulimia often appears as a coping or defense mechanism in seeking to master, minimize or tolerate stress –which can include boredom and conflict.
It can also be a way of dealing with past trauma – including negative childhood experiences such as various forms of abuse.
Hypnosis is an effective and well proven way of treating bulimia. A skilled therapist will work at the subconscious level to address past and present conditions that are causing the bulimic behavior.
Once these underlying issues have been dealt with the result is usually a complete and permanent end to the condition.