Better Thinking is Key to overcoming Eating Disorders
Another study supports the efficacy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in the treatment of the eating disorder Bulimia Nervosa - the binge and purge disorder. Cognitive Behavioral therapy targets belief systems, thinking styles and negative, self-critical, or irrational thoughts. When we get stuck in patterns of thinking that are unhealthy, it leads us to also experience uncomfortable emotions, such as anxiety, anger and depression. Those emotions then result in behaviors that can be self-destructive, nonproductive or ineffective. CBT teaches us to examine those negative beliefs, challenge ourselves to look at alternative, more realistic and useful thoughts, and to observe what then happens to our emotions. Inevitably, healthier thinking leads to healthier feelings, which in turn result in behaving in healthier ways which then continue to maintain our healthier moods. A lovely cycle takes hold:
GOOD THOUGHT = GOOD FEELING = GOOD BEHAVIOR = the GOOD just keeps going!
If "You are what you listen to", make sure you're listening to helpful, supportive, loving self-talk!