Understand why you feel the need to be perfect.
People struggle with eating disorders for varied reasons. Some causes are biological and others environmental. Understanding the root of your eating disorder is essential to your recovery. Therapy helps you increase your self-awareness. With insight comes compassion and recovery.
1. You may have been born with a brain that makes you prone to developing an eating disorder and/or other addictive behavior. Some say the reason people see their bodies as fat when they are not is biologically based in the brain.
2. Your brain may have changed by growing up in a chaotic home. People develop anxiety and depression from dysfunctional environments.
3. Your family may have put too much emphasis on weight and body image, perhaps having an eating disorder of their own.
4. You may have suffered a trauma. Sexual abuse is common in people with eating disorders.
5. The media may have tricked you into believing you must look a certain way in order to be beautiful.
6. Pressure from peers and bullies during the school years contributes to dieting and poor body-esteem.
7. Having a critical controlling parent can trigger an eating disorder as a form of control or comfort.
As you can see there are many different reasons that a person can develop an eating disorder. Luckily, there are more ways to help someone recover than there are reasons for developing an eating disorder in the first place.
Some techniques I use are:
1. Talk therapy,
2. Art therapy,
3. Music therapy,
5. Cognitive therapy,
6 Relaxation, Meditation, Exercise if applicable
7. Bibliotherapy (books and workbooks)
8. Family and/or group therapy.
Please call for more information on the causes of eating disorders (626) 335-0903 and visit my website to read more.
Read more on causes of eating disorders at ANAD