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How to Combat Eating Disorders Through CBT Techniques.

Eating disorders are mainly caused by psychological problems that interfere with someone’s overall eating habits and nutrition sources. The issues can range from only eating very small amounts of food to over-eating on a grand scale. Unhealthy forms of weight regulation such as using laxatives, vomiting or even over-exercise can have debilitating effects on your overall health, wellbeing and functionality. An eating disorder usually starts off small and then becomes bigger over time. It generally falls into three types, binge-eating, bulimia and anorexia. All of which can cause long term physical damage to your body.

CBT techniques were found to be one of the briefest treatments of eating disorders and its related issues and with lower relapse rates.

What CBT does

It focuses on the causes of the disorder from the past and the immediate problems that maintain an eating disorder.

 

Cognitive restructuring:

This helps people to identify difficult, unhelpful and distorted thought patterns. It then modifies your thought process by showing you how to have a more reality-based structure of thinking. This is often related to body image, food and emotions.

 

Behavioural chain analysis:

This is a tool to help clients identify the things that make them maintain the behavioural patterns that they actually wish and need to change.

 

Emotion regulation strategies:

Eating behaviour reflects difficult emotions. For example comfort eating. CBT can help people to regulate and cope better with their emotions.

 

 

Mindfulness:

This will help to connect thoughts to the present moment by disrupting rumination about food and body image. It helps to make healthy behaviour possible.

Procrastination – How can CBT help?

Many people throughout their lives have periods of time where procrastination occurs. However for others it can become excessive and cause undue anxiousness and the early onset of depression. It can become a particular problem when day to day tasks, such as paying bills or applying for jobs are affected. Large projects or tasks can become overwhelming, so doing everything to avoid them becomes a tactic. However the greater that we avoid something, the worse the anxiety becomes. There are also factors that cause procrastination such as anxiety, issues with self-esteem, maybe someone doesn’t feel good enough or capable of completing something. Attention problems and skill base can also be sources of the cause.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Procrastination is a brief and highly effective treatment for elimination. It can help you to get back on track with your life goals. CBT is clinically-proven, and backed by hundreds of scientific studies. Unlike traditional talk therapy, it presents a different focus, that involves teaching the client sets of new skills which can be adopted to solve their problems.

A CBT treatment for procrastination would be tailored to the specific need of the individual. It would include a mix of the following concepts;

Identify small goals

By identifying goals that you wish to achieve it will help to reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed.

Activity scheduling.

Create priority lists and put them into urgent, moderately important and put off till later. It will help to inform you what needs doing first.

Behavioural shaping strategies.

Use your natural patterns to help you. If you are more alert in the morning then use this time to implement the tasks you find harder, such as phone calls or meetings.

A Guide to Using CBT for Addiction

The recent tragic death of the esteemed MP, Charles Kennedy, has highlighted the problems associated with addiction. Sadly Mr Kennedy’s death was connected to his ongoing battles with alcoholism.

CBT Can Help

Many addicts suffer from problems of low self-esteem and lack of self worth. They often have unrealistic aims and goals, when an addict doesn’t attain these ambitions their lives frequently descend into a downward spiral and they turn to their addiction for comfort. CBT helps those suffering from addiction to:

Recognise the power of their addiction
Learn about the triggers that can cause problems
Take each day at a time, with the eventual result of achieving long term goals
Learn to embrace change

The Glass Half Empty

Many of those with addiction problems will often perceive life as a series of obstacles, rather than challenges. Use of CBT in treatment helps addicts realise that they can overcome many of their problems by looking at situations in a different light. CBT aims to show addicts that life can be manageable and that asking for help is always better than self-medication from a bottle or drug.

The Glass Half Full

The first CBT sessions will work with the client looking at their current life and the choices that they make. Once a patient starts to identify certain triggers in their life and look at ways of dealing with these triggers, their self-esteem should improve.

CBT isn’t a magic panacea, but it does have a proven track record and has helped numerous addicts review their actions, and consequently change their lives for the better.

Source:http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Cognitive-behavioural-therapy/Pages/Introduction.aspx