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Affecting millions of people every year with devastating consequences, Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating disorders are becoming more and more prevalent in today's fast paced, high pressured society.
Chapter 9: Cognitive Techniques
Identifying Negative Thoughts
As clients begin to keep full records of problems related to eating and not eating, it should become feasible to help them to recognize negative patterns of thinking associated with their behaviour and to begin to counter negative thoughts.
In the treatment of depression and anxiety, helping people to recognize their negative thoughts often has the function of breaking the links between dysfunctional attitudes and negative feelings. While this is also the case in relation to the eating disorders, helping people to recognize negative automatic thoughts has the additional, more immediate, effect of helping to break the links between dysfunctional attitudes and behaviour.
For example, Ann was in the process of recovering from her anorexia and was struggling to increase the ...