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26 Jul 2007

cognitive behavioral therapist
HI there
I am a partly recovered anorexic, physically fully recovered. I was anorexic for 7 years and for the last 2 years l've miraculously recovered. On the outside, l look and behave normally but my eating disorder has manifested itself in a completely different way and l am now eating too much, especially late at night, almost to the point where l am sick!
I have read about cognitive behavioral therapy and was curious to know whether it would help. I never got to the root of my anorexia and still dont fully understand it. i gave up seeing shrinks as l was too underweight to ever make any sense at all.
I am at a point of no return and l dont want to let it get any more out of control than it is already. I used to have enormous control, now its all lost???
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01 Jan 0001

Well, for a start, well done on your progress so far. But as you sugest, the teating disorder is now showing itself differently, rather than having gone away. I would very much expect that CBT would help, as it would focus on the unhelpful habits of thought that have grown up around eating / control, and related issues, for you. Often it's more fruitful to work on changing unhelpful assumptions and unproductive automatic thoughts and behaviours, rather than endlessly seeking some hidden "reason" for it all. People with eating disorders generally have terrific powers of control, the problem being that they are using those powers in a self-sabotaging manner --- if as in CBT they can apply those powers to getting and staying well, they can do very well indeed
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