There are several different types of eating disorders such as Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating. People who are anorexic will over exercise and starve their bodies for the sole purpose of being thin. When a person is bulimic, they control their weight by taking laxatives, binge eating, and then regurgitate (vomit) immediately so their body does not metabolize any of the calories and fat they just consumed. Those who binge-eat feel like they can’t stop eating. They continue to eat even if they aren’t hungry. However, binge eaters do not regurgitate afterwards nor do they feel the need to over-exercise, but that doesn’t mean that over time they won’t develop anorexia or bulimic type symptoms because eating disorder symptoms can change over time. According to the National Eating Disorders website (www.NationalEatingDisorders.org) 20 million women and 10 million men in America will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives. It’s important to understand that an eating disorder can affect people at any age; even children can develop an eating disorder. In fact, many eating disorders will begin during the persons adolescent years and if not treated can result in mortality. On the positive side, with early diagnosis and a productive treatment, a person with an eating disorder can recover, but it won’t happen overnight and will take lots of commitment, patience and support from loved ones.
Once a person is diagnosed by a licensed medical professional, treatment is then prescribed. Neurofeedback is a great form of treatment because it’s non-evasive, painless, highly effective, and has zero side effects. I’ve treated many clients who have been diagnosed with an eating disorder. One of my clients was in her first trimester of pregnancy when she first came to see me for treatment. One of the reasons why she chose this method of therapy/treatment is because of how safe it was for her unborn child. I’m happy to say that this particular client, who is now 6 months pregnant, is recovering beautifully and her baby continues to develop healthily. After 60 thirty-minute sessions, she is on her way to making a full recovery, but still, she knows the road to recovery takes time, dedication and most importantly the will to recover. With that being said, Neurofeedback trains the brain so a person can focus, be dedicated, remain positive and continue to have the will to recover. Neurofeedback is all about retraining the brain to function healthily by finding the origin of the problem within a person’s brain. During a session, sensors are attached to the person’s head where their brain waves are measured and you watch your brainwaves live on an EEG computer monitor for the purpose of learning how your brain functions when asked to concentrate or focus on a variety of tasks at a time. These therapy exercises train your brain to produce a calm state and help maintain focus so you can create healthier brain patterns within yourself.