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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - Effective Eating Disorder treatment

Posted Jul 02 2009 3:04am

Eating disordersare about much more than food and weight. They stem from multifaceted psychological issues. In fact eating disorders may have life-threatening physical and emotional consequences. Today if we carefully study the current scenario then we can see that eating disorders, such as compulsive or binge eating, anorexia and bulimia has widely affected millions of people in every walk of life. It is more kind of psychiatric illnesses and addictive disorders that has affected many people across the globe.

Thousands of people die every year from the physical problems caused by eating disorders. Most sufferers never seek eating disorder treatment and those who attempt to control eating disorders usually follows procedures like dieting, fasting, over-exercising, laxatives or using simple pills. These strategies can produce short term control, but they do not provide an answer to eating disorders and can often make things even worse. However, with the right type of eating disorder treatment, people can get well and gradually learn to eat normally again. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is just one of the few treatment procedures that follow a psychotherapeutic approach and aims to control dysfunctional emotions, behaviors through a goal-oriented and organized procedure.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapyis a type of psychotherapy that generally gives emphasis to the vital role of thinking in what we do and how we feel. It is primarily based on the idea that our thoughts  affect our feelings and behaviors. Focusing on this prime fact, therapists try to help people in re-shaping their feelings about food and bodies so that suffer can make healthy choices instead of disordered ones. As Therapists follow a psychotherapeutic approach, they try to learn what their clients want out of life. During this eating disorder treatment procedure, therapist's role is to listen, educate and encourage, while the client's roles is to convey concerns, learn and execute that learning.

It is important to understand that eating disorder is not just associated with eating habits or diet. It is connected with many other factors, including society, family or psychological issues and cognitive behavior therapy touches on all of these factors. Many people from all across the world who have effectively recovered from eating disorders through this behavioral therapy state that their sessions actually helped them attach with their emotions. They learned a good attitude toward eating and improved their self esteem. They learned how to eradicate pessimistic thought patterns and turn them into an optimistic voice.

Today, it has achieved wide popularity both for therapists and consumers. However to make cognitive-behavioral therapy more effective, be sure you work together with your counselor toward on common goals. It is just like an active type of counseling.

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