Using biofeedback in eating disorder therapy (neurofeedback)
Psychological problems known as eating disorders are characterized by abnormal or dangerous eating practices.
We, as humans, spend a lot of time thinking about food, including what to eat, when to eat, how much to consume, and other related issues. Our connection with food can change frequently; sometimes we try to eat more healthfully, other times we struggle with cravings, overeat, or lose interest in food. When we are anxious or uncomfortable, it may be challenging for us to eat, or we may gravitate toward foods that make us feel better.
You shouldn’t be concerned if your eating habits change from time to time; it’s a natural occurrence that everyone experiences.
It may, however, cause problems if you consistently lack a balanced diet and healthy eating habits.
Long-term management of an eating disorder can be difficult, but it’s critical to understand that these disorders are about more than just food. They could be related to difficult events in your life or painful emotions that you find difficult to express, accept, or deal with. Putting your focus on food can help you “conceal” these issues.
Antidepressant therapy combined with cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy has been shown in studies to have the highest rates of remission of eating disorders.
All eating disorders appear to have evolved in the current cultural context, where physical appearance is overemphasized: body with a small waist, thin, delicacy implying fragility. Awareness of these cultural and social factors regarding the attitude and behavior that “feed” the occurrence and maintenance of eating disorders, on the part of both children and parents, is critical in lowering the incidence of these syndromes.
Most cases of eating disorders recovered completely within the first ten years of the disease.
The most common eating disorders are: Anorexia nervosa, which is characterized by insufficient food consumption that results in weight loss. Self-esteem and body image difficulties are the root causes of this condition. Intense fear of gaining weight leads to an obsession with preventing weight growth.
Anorexia can lead to consequences like muscle loss, fatigue, thin skin and hair, osteoporosis, and heart failure.
Anorexia can be detected by symptoms like dramatic weight loss, obsession with food or weight, anxiety, frequent comments about being overweight despite losing weight, denial of hunger, the development of food habits like hiding uneaten food, and withdrawal from social interactions with friends and family.
People with anorexia nervosa drastically restrict the number of calories ingested and the categories of food they consume, adopting a ritual style of eating.
Anorexia nervosa is a type of eating disorder that can affect anyone, and it is not required for a person to be physically weak to suffer from it.
Similar to anorexia, bulimia also results from issues with self-worth and body image. Bulimia patients experience episodes of binge eating and experience a sense of being out of control.
Bulimia that is left untreated can cause mortality, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, esophageal inflammation, and gastric rupture. Depression and anxiety are two more psychological diseases that frequently co-occur with eating problems.
This is a severe eating disorder that can be fatal to a sufferer. Bulimia nervosa patients consume significant amounts of food in a short period of time.
A person with bulimia nervosa believes that he loses control when eating more food than necessary and that he cannot stop in a short period of time; eating is quick, up to satiety, which produces discomfort;
Bulimia patients eat even when they are not hungry and feel humiliated; emotions of guilt and melancholy emerge; and, as with anorexia, concern for physical appearance becomes obsessive, and ritual eating develops.
Bulimia nervosa is characterized by recurrent periods of excessive eating and compensatory actions in which the patient considers compensating for the large number of calories consumed.
It consists of frequent episodes in which a person consumes huge amounts of food quickly, even when he is not hungry, to the point of pain. What occurs:
The person thinks he loses control when eating; she feels shame for herself, and guilt, which causes her to re-enter a vicious spiral of compulsive eating; shame does not automatically cause the affected person to cease eating compulsively.
The distinction between bulimia and excessive eating is that, as previously indicated, in bulimia, the patient resorts to compensatory actions in which he believes he cancels off the huge quantity of calories consumed. These actions are not seen in obsessive eating, since the patient does not want to “cancel” the weight gain.
Brainwave retraining and eating disorders
By calming the nervous system and teaching the brain to function quietly, neurofeedback can help people with eating disorders become more conscious of their appetites.
The general health of the brain is improved by neurofeedback because it addresses the underlying causes of brain disorders.
Neurofeedback can be an effective therapy for improving self-regulation and thus helping people function better. Eating disorder behaviors are frequently perpetuated because of a disconnect between the body and the brain, which is why many people are unable to stop their behaviors on their own, regardless of how destructive the eating disorder is.
Neurofeedback therapy is an effective way of dealing with eating disorders because it involves direct training of brain function, which teaches the brain to function more efficiently. Our Quantum Biofeedback devices (NUCLEUS & Ed-X) can help address some of the root causes of brain dysregulation in people suffering from eating disorders.
Quantum Biofeedback provides cutting-edge therapies for the therapy of eating disorders that take into account the body, mind, and spirit, giving each participant in our programs the chance to experience total healing and sustained recovery.