Neurofeedback can be very helpful with eating disorders, especially because of the way these disorders are explained within this approach. Eating disorders are treated as multifaceted conditions caused by deregulation of the central nervous system. However, how the nervous system is deregulated depends per individual case. In some cases the eating disorder has to do with appetite awareness issues. Where one person can experience a lack of appetite, another person experiences a signal when full delayed or no signal at all.
By restoring body awareness with Neurofeedback appetite awareness can be increased, which sometimes can be sufficient to target an eating disorder. In other cases eating disorders can be linked to obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviour: executive function deficits which can be targeted by Neurofeedback. You can find more information about OCD and Neurofeedback here.
Besides appetite awareness issues and OCD symptoms, eating disorders show a strong relation with emotional reactivity issues such as depression, anxiety and anger, as well. In these cases, Neurofeedback can help not only with the eating disorder directly, but it can also help to relieve the associated emotions. Finally, it should be noted that eating disorders could also be the result of (early childhood) trauma. In such cases, food can have a soothing effect on the short term, but impacts someone’s overall well-being over the long term negatively. Neurofeedback can be very helpful here by addressing the underlying trauma and resolving unprocessed memories related to this trauma.
In this 2014 case study, former anorexic Emma Woolf explains how Neurofeedback enhanced her transformation by changing her rigid mind-set and need for control.
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