Learn skills to resist your eating disorder (such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa).
All material was written by a licensed psychotherapist (LCSW) with twenty-five years of counseling experience.
You first rate the frequency and intensity of the eating disorder thoughts on a color coded scale of 1 (fleeting, able to resist) to 10 (continual, very difficult to resist).
You move on to the first set of skills, where you will select one of ten ways to change your thoughts. Changing your thoughts to change your feelings is the basis of cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, the most widely practiced evidenced based form of psychotherapy.
After utilizing one of the thought changers, you proceed to selecting one method for making lifestyle changes for promoting your recovery.
After following the instructions for the lifestyle changes, you then move on to the third set of skills, where you will select one of ten different relaxation strategies for managing stress.
After implementing those skills, you rate the level of the eating disorder thoughts again to determine if the skills you chose were effective for you. If the intensity or frequency of the eating disorder thoughts have not reduced sufficiently, you will be given the opportunity to try again, selecting a different skill set.
The content presented is for your information only. If you have an eating disorder, it is important to get treatment from a trained professional. Extreme weight control behaviors such as purging, rapid weight loss, or being at an unhealthily low weight can compromise your health and cause death. Please consult your healthcare provider or a counselor if you have any questions or concerns.
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