For many, food is life. In fact, eating is the common denominator in gatherings and events. It is one of the most vital aspects of our daily lives. However, for some, food consumption may not always be a delightful act when one’s eating habits become considered a disorder.
Having an eating disorder means that a person’s eating habits are irregular, inadequate, or excessive. This manner of eating may be damaging to one’s health, well-being, and even one’s self-esteem. Due to this disorder, the individual may become overly concerned with regards to his or her weight and shape. Three main types of this disorder include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.
Additionally, having an eating disorder sometimes also comes with other mental illnesses such as anxiety and substance abuse. In worst case scenarios, a severe eating disorder may even result in the immense destruction of the body which may result in death. Thus, it is essential to cure an eating disorder once the symptoms arise. One of the leading therapy treatments for the eating disorder is cognitive behavior therapy.
During CBT, patients have the opportunity to work with a therapist to find the source of negative thinking and transform those thoughts into a positive, growth mindset. — Greta Gleissner LCSW
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Cognitive behavior therapy is a psychological therapeutic approach acknowledging issues which involve cognitive and behavioral factors. These factors will only result in a cycle of negativism within one’s self.
Thus, this approach helps an individual recognize his or her behavior and habits and strives to create a strategic plan to improve his or her unwanted and injurious behavior by also tapping into one’s cognitive issues. Most often, one’s thoughts and emotions play a pivotal role in the person’s health and in the habits that they perform.
Through the cognitive behavior model, the eating disorder may be eased through identifying and addressing both the cognitive and behavioral factors that cause the disorder.
Regarding the cognitive element, an individual may tend to be overly anxious about his or her self-worth, value, weight, and physical appearance. On the other hand, the behavioral factor will show that potentially due to this anxiety, the individual will intensely focus on body appearance resulting to a massive constriction of his or her diet or it may turn into an excessive consumption of food due to stress and pressure.
Thus, through the Cognitive Behavior Therapy, a patient will undergo three phases to address these issues.
It is quite possible that the false self is really doing an ok job at being the true self through the symptoms of an eating disorder. — Judy Scheel Ph.D., L.C.S.W., CEDS
Phases Of Cognitive Behavior Therapy For Curing Eating Disorder
- Behavioral Phase
In this phase, tools and strategies will be maximized to manage the individual’s feelings and emotions that often lead to unhealthy behavior. A plan will be formulated to develop new behaviors that would eliminate the unusual eating habits. You can achieve this plan by providing activities and homework during and after the session.
- Cognitive Phase
In this phase, the contrary ideas and thoughts that trigger the irregular eating habits are determined and identified. These thoughts often include concerns about one’s physical appearance, weight, and image. Upon recognizing these, a method to restructure one’s thinking patterns into more positive and refreshed thoughts will be introduced. Through this phase, an individual’s mindset will be strengthened to be more positive and accepting of one’s self.
- Maintenance And Relapse Prevention Phase
One of the primary goals of Cognitive behavioral therapy is to allow the individual to be once again healthy. Thus, more sessions and activities will be performed to identify underlying and broader issues and conflicts that may eventually cause the individual to return to the old habits. Monitoring the performance of new behaviors will also be performed through constant communication after the sessions.
For more information on the benefits of behavioral therapy, check this out: https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/therapy/benefits-of-behavioral-therapy/.
Eating is usually an activity that involves joyous conversations, gratitude, and fond memories. Thus, to maintain a healthy eating diet and habit, it is best always to keep a positive mindset and to be mindful of symptoms that might be leading to an eating disorder. Moreover, weight and physical appearances may be of importance, but one might always keep in mind that it is not and should not be a determinant for one’s value and self-worth.