Our expert says:
Absolutely definitely NOT ! Hypnosis as generally used is useless in discovering reasons for such serious conditions as Eating Disorders ( which never have a single, obvious cause, anyway ), and there isn't a single shred of evidence that hypnosis is ever a useful method for treating Eating Disorders,
Hypnosis ALWAYS involves rendering you more suggestable ( more able to uncritically accept whatever is suggested or implied to you, deliberately or accidentally ), so when used to find "the cause" of anything, it tends to find whatever you or the hypnotist is expecting, even if it was never actually there before.
If there are indeed deeply held emotional problems related to the disorder, IF hypnosis tapped into those, you could become seriosuly emotional in ways that most "hypnotists" are not qualified or trained to deal with, and it wouldn't help to change your eating problems at all anyway.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy ( CBT ) is currently the best tested, saest and most effective method of dealing with such disorders.
Though some hypnotic techniques may be helpful as PART of a treatment program with other elements as well, and when administered solely by shrinks, a psychiatrist or psychologist, on its own its dodgy.
Remember "hypnosis" is not a treatment that is formally recognized with training programmes widely accepted by the appropriate authorities ( which would not be the folks running those pograms !) so standards are highly unreliable, and many of those who call themselves a hypnotist are quacks or sincere amateurs in mental health, with insufficient training to make a proper diagnosis or to handle all that might turn up while treating any such conditions.
Someone who calls themselves a Hypnotist is like a carpenter with only a single tool in his box, a hammer. So to him everything looks like a nail, and he hits it. YOu're always better off going to someone with a range of tools and methods available, who can choose what suits you best, rather than persuading you to need the only thing they can provide.
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