Binge Eating and Drinking – A Case Study

Binge Eating & Drinking?

Binge eating

This client, let’s call her Hilda, had a problem with binge-eating & drinking. She was sceptical to start with but ended up giving this great review online.

Recommended

“I would highly recommend both Lynn & Hypnotherapy. Although hopeful, I had my doubts & reservations. I had spent considerable time researching the concept of hypnosis but I didn’t believe it could be so effective.

After my initial consultation, Lynn was confident & I felt assured that she could help me with my binge eating & drinking habits which had progressively worsened during lockdowns.”

No Pressure

“I didn’t feel at all pressured to proceed. Across my two sessions I felt comfortable and at ease. Lynn has the most friendly, calm & patient demeanour. In my first session Lynn allowed me to ‘self source’ the issue. With her guided assistance I was able to come to a realisation as to why I had developed these bad habits indulging in both food & alcohol.

I went away knowing the emotional reason behind my problem. Something I had never even thought about before. I was instantly more mindful and aware of these feelings. “

Second Session

“In my second session, Lynn helped me tackle the habit itself. Under her direction I was even able to reveal my subconscious thoughts in such situations. I can already see a positive shift in my behaviour and way of thinking. I hope to see continuous improvement as I practice this change of mind-set.”

Interested?

If so, please get in touch with me for a chat &, perhaps, to arrange for your initial consultation free of charge! I look forward to hearing from you.

Smoker?

If you are a smoker you might be interested in this case study, she is still not smoking months after her treatment with me.

Anxiety & Depression Can Affect Anybody

Anxiety & Depression Affects More Than You Think

Image of somebody suffering from Depression / Anxiety
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In England depression affects around 4% of women and 3% of men at any one time. Major depression is thought to be the second leading cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to the burden of suicide and heart disease.

On average an episode of depression will last for 6-8 months but can extend for up to a year or longer.

Depression with Anxiety is a Significant National Issue

Depression most commonly occurs in combination with anxiety. In 2010 there were 8.2 million cases of anxiety in the UK. The total prevalence of all types of anxiety disorder (including PTSD) in England is estimated at 14.7% of the population at any given point in time. Based on this 4.2 million people in England are likely to be affected by mixed anxiety and depression.

Mixed anxiety and depression is severely underreported and the most undertreated of common mental health issues. More than 1 in 4 people will have a panic attack at some time in their lives.

What is it like?

Symptoms of depression can be:

  • an unusually sad mood that does not go away,
  • loss of enjoyment and interest in activities,
  • lack of energy and tiredness.

You may also experience:

  • a loss of confidence,
  • low self-esteem,
  • feeling guilty,
  • suicidal thoughts,
  • difficulty in concentrating or making decisions,
  • bleak views of the future,
  • difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much.

Depression can range from mild to severe and affects the whole person.

Anxiety is Normal

Anxiety is a normal feeling we all experience when faced with difficult or threatening situations. It makes us more alert and responsive and helps us to avoid danger. When feelings become severe or long lasting they interfere with your life affecting work, relationships and everyday activities.

Physical effects can include:

  • palpitations,
  • rapid heart rate,
  • chest pains,
  • sweating,
  • shaking,
  • hyperventilation,
  • dizziness,
  • nausea,
  • diarrhoea and
  • pains.

Psychological effects are:

  • unrealistic fear and worry,
  • mind racing,
  • going blank,
  • difficulty making decisions,
  • irritability,
  • anger,
  • confusion,
  • disturbed sleep and
  • pains.

Anxiety can cause:

  • withdrawal,
  • avoidance of situations and
  • repetitive compulsive behaviour.

Testimonial

This client has asked to remain anonymous but was keen to share their experience with Lynn:

I have been having counselling sessions with Lynn for about a year now and it’s done me so much good. I struggle with anxiety and depression and Lynn has been so good at helping me through it. She’s someone I can completely open up to without ever worrying about being judged or made to feel strange about anything. Lynn always comes up with really good solutions to try and diffuse my anxious thoughts and I can honestly say it has shifted my mind set and I have so many more better days than bad days now and it’s really improved my quality of life. I’m so grateful for everything she has done

Case Study – Quit Smoking

How to Quit Smoking

Stub out smoking

A client in her 60s a smoker for over 40 years came for a quit smoking session, in her own words she was finished with feeling unhealthy.

For the first part of the quit smoking 2 hour session I explain the facts about smoking. In particular the devastating impact it has on the body, on your life. I then discuss the benefits of quitting smoking. Even after 40 years the body can start to repair itself; it is an amazing machine. The good news is that the benefits start immediately you quit. Before I begin the second hour I ensure that my client is ready and committed. This part of the session is used for hypnosis and suggestion re-programming your subconscious mind to help it quit smoking.

After the session my client felt relaxed, positive and committed. 

Positive Feedback

Fitness Levels

FitBit on wrist.
Photo by Kamil S on Unsplash

A few months later I received feedback thanking me and telling me she is richer in her pocket but, more importantly, she is richer in her health. In the past, when out for a walk with her brother, he would often joke that he hardly scored any ‘points’ on his FitBit. Scoring 28 recently where they would normally have scored just 5 or 6 they were pleasantly surprised. This was because she was able to cope with a faster pace averaging a little over 3mph. Positive proof that her fitness level has improved (and continues to do so).

Quality of Life

Vindaloo Curry
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Another interesting improvement is that her taste buds have come back. She realised this when the family ordered an Indian Takeaway and she asked for her usual vindaloo. At her first mouthful she complained that the order must have been wrong because it was way too hot. She now eats milder curries, even madras is too hot for her. A big shock for my client after 40 years of eating vindaloos but on the plus side a big improvement to her taste buds!

The chemicals in tobacco cause a loss of taste in smokers as well as structural changes to the fungiform papillae of the tongue where the taste buds are found; you can read more about this here.