Eating Disorders

Some Initial Questions about anorexia/bulimia

Posted by on Mar 30, 2012 in Eating Disorders, Family & Friends | 2 comments

Worried about anorexia/bulimia?

Anorexia/bulimia is a problem for many of us!

  • Read Jade’s story. Does it sound familiar to you?
  • Has anorexia/bulimia affected your life or someone you know and care for?
  • Has anorexia/bulimia separated you or someone you’ve known, from a richer more fulfilling life?

Fortunately, people have found new ways to think about anorexia/bulimia that are very helpful. Many women have found that asking questions about anorexia/bulimia, of themselves and others, is a good beginning to undermining this insidious problem.

Beginning Questions to Ask about anorexia/bulimia:

  • Has the problem of anorexia/bulimia in any way taken things from your life that you value?
  • In what ways has the problem of anorexia/bulimia affected your relationship with yourself, friends, family, and so on?
  • Who or what persuaded you into thinking that an anorexic/bulimic lifestyle is the best life possible?
  • Who or what do you think persuades other young women’s minds into this harsh way of living?
  • If you could wager a prediction, what kind of a future does this life with anorexia/bulimia hold for you?
  • What advice do you have for therapists and other professionals who find themselves at a loss on how to best help people go free of anorexia/bulimia?
  • Has your comeback to your own life been inspiring for other women?
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Disordered Eating Workshops

Posted by on Mar 30, 2012 in Eating Disorders, Workshops focusing on Disordered Eating (Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge eating) | 0 comments

The Anti-anorexia Anti- Bulimia League

The Anti-anorexia Anti- Bulimia League was formed by an international group of women and men, mothers and fathers, wives and husbands, partners and professionals, who have all -in some way – been effected by the problem of disordered eating.

The workshops they offer on planet-therapy.com are fresh, hopeful and full of solutions.

Many of the incredible voices you will be hearing on the audio tapes have at one time been hospitalized because anorexia or bulimia. They give us an up close look into their personal solutions and strategies that have helped them get free of disordered eating. Don’t miss this!

New audio workshops are added on a regular basis. Please check back regularly to see what’s new.

Planet-Therapy Disordered Eating Workshops

Unpacking the Tyranny of Perfection

Length: 30 minutes

Dr Stephen Madigan interviews four women who once struggled with anorexia and bulimia. Their discussion includes the many ways in which perfection pushes people towards disordered eating, calorie counting and number crunching, and feeling less than worthy about not measuring up to societies impossible standards. They also discuss a wide range of possible and wonderful solutions.

How Fear Helps anorexia and bulimia Survive

Length: 40 minutes

Dr Stephen Madigan conducts four separate interviews with women of the anti-anorexia/bulimia league on their experiences of fear and over coming anorexia and bulimia. They discuss the tactics of fear and the counter tactics they used to gain back their lives and voices.

Patient Wisdom and Hope: When clients become consultants

Length: 1 hour
The Anti-anorexia Anti-bulimia League offer an insightful consultation to professionals on what therapists need to know when working with people struggling with anorexia, bulimia and emotional eating.

Considering The Negative Impact of Mental Defecit Language and Chemical Restraint in the Treatment of Children and Youth with ADHD

Length: 1 hour
The workshop gives you a close up look at the many ways professionals use “negative psychological language” in the treatment of children and youth within the context of therapy. Dr. Madigan’s talk offers insights and skills for psychologists, parents and teachers and asks them to reconsider the current treatment and diagnosis of ADHD, and the use of Ritalin. As an alternative he asks that adults begin listening and honouring the voice and experience of children.

What Works in Therapy!!—a thorough understanding of what is most important to bringing about positive change in psychotherapy practice

Length: 1 hour
The workshop gives you a thorough and close up look at the research and outcome studies that analyse whether or not the use of medication and the utility of DSM diagnosis actually helps people to change. Their incredible findings destroy all preconcieved notions about what is actually helpful in providing therapeutic change! Drs. Miller and Duncan then look at research studies that review what actually does work in bringing about successful long term change.

The Courage to Love: Our Amazing Journey from Trauma to Transformation

Length: 1 hour
Workshop Description—Dr Gilligans worshop is based in his ground breaking approach that assists individuals, couples and families get through trauma. Dr. Gilligan integrates aspects of Ericksonian hypnotherapy, Buddhism, and the martial art of Aikido. The workshop descibes in practical terms how people can create and implement favourable conditions in the outcome of the therapeutic process that leads them to transform their lives.

Survivors of Abuse: honouring the moral courage it takes to evoke change

Length: 1 hour

Johnella Bird passionately discusses the act of moral courage people and professionals MUST take when dealing with the issues of abuse. Johnella’s workshop offers you crystal clear insights into her unique ideas, therapeutic strengths, and incredible moral courage she offers her clients who are struggling with abuse issues. She also demonstrates specific therapeutic skills that allow for successful therapeutic conversations to begin. Johnella also addresses the issues of gender inequality, desperation and the practice of therapeutic love and understanding.

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Understanding binge eating

Posted by on Mar 29, 2012 in Binge Eating - Eating Disorder, Eating Disorders | 0 comments

For many years the topic of a “binge” was linked directly to binge drinking. However, more and more the issue of a binge is linked to eating – binge-eating. Many people will use the term binge to describe a particular episode of over eating during a specific evening out or a large meal; made a slip on a diet plan; or to describe there eating activities while on a holiday.

What will be described in this section of planet-therapy signifies a much larger problem.

Binge-eating can be described as a complete lack of eating control whereby the person experiences that they can not stop their eating.

A binge is eating within a short period of time (roughly two hours) an amount of food that is of a significant quantity and that the majority of other people would not, and could not eat, in the same period of time.

It is the persons inability to control the eating that seperates them from others who merely just occasionally over eat.

People who are involved in binge eating do not take measures to throw up their food as a person who struggles with bulimia might. In fact a common misconception is that binge eaters are all overweight.

Only about half of people taken over by binge eating are overweight. However, some binge eaters have reported that they have taken-or plan to take-extreme measures to reduce their weight by way of surgeries such as stomach stapling and liposuction.

The affects of binge eating seems to transcend age, culture, gender and class. Unlike other disordered eating problems like anorexia and bulimia, binge eating is more evenly distributed among men and women, between young an old, between rich and poor and between people of colour and caucasions.

Central to binge-eating is the feeling of not being in control. Many people in my therapy groups describe an anxious period of time prior to the advent of the binge. They describe how their “thoughts are taken over” by a compelling need for food.

Some people plan their binges ahead of time and other say that it just “sneaks up on them.”

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Fresh Perspectives on anorexia/bulimia

Posted by on Mar 29, 2012 in Anorexia & Bulimia - Eating Disorders, Eating Disorders | 2 comments

In the battle against anorexia/bulimia, individuals, the community and social institutions, are either anorexia/bulimia-supporting or fighting against anorexia/bulimia – there is no middle ground.

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