Cognitive Behavioral Interventions

Cognitive Behavioral Interventions

  • The single most effective treatment for eating disorder patient
    • Steps to helping the patient
      • Help the patient become aware of cognitive distortions is the first step
      • Ask patient to monitor and record eating, bingeing, and purging behavior and thoughts and feelings regarding weight, shape, and food
    • Helping Patients understand the aspect of their behavior
      • Cues that trigger problematic eating responses
      • Thoughts, feelings, and assumptions associated with specific cues
      • Connections between these thoughts, feelings, and assumptions and eating regulation
      • Consequences resulting from the eating responses

Body Image Interventions

  • First determine whether the patient has problems with perception, attitude, or behavior and then devise a treatment program targeting the specific problem area.
    • Behavioral features of body image disturbance are seen in a lifestyle that revolves around a self-concern about the body.
      • Constantly measuring body weight
      • Wearing baggy clothes
      • Avoiding social situations that focus on appearance
    • Body Image Distortion
      • A discrepancy between the patient’s actual size and the patient’s perceived body size
    • Body Dissatisfaction
      • The degree of unhappiness that a person feels in relations to body size