Eating Disorders

The brain has specific areas that are involved with the control of appetite so it should be of no surprise that neurofeedback can be instrumental in helping people with problems that ensue around the intake of food. These include; compulsive overeating, binge eating, bulimia and anorexia. Each of these conditions, respectively, reflects a type of addiction that has spun out of control. Because food is the substance of the addiction and because we need food to survive, many clinicians who work with addictions consider eating disorders to be the most difficult to treat, especially when it comes to bulimia and anorexia. These latter two conditions often require a team of highly trained clinicians often in a restricted setting. The prolonged engagement of these more serious disorders can often lead to physical impairment and death. Neurofeedback can be quite helpful on its own but is at its best when integrated into a multi-disciplinary treatment program which addresses physical issues, nutritional issues and psychological issues as they arise.

The more common problems with eating, such as, compulsive overeating and diminished sense of appetite, are much more easily handled. Many people are looking for an alternative means of losing or gaining weight. Neurofeedback can directly effect the brain’s appetite mechanisms and it can effect the parts of the brain that contribute to eating problems; such as depression, anxiety, lack of sleep, etc.