COPING WITH BULIMIA
Diana K. Weiss, Ph.D.
Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by:
Bulimia Nervosa usually starts to develop with:
A repetitive pattern then emerges, as bulimia becomes a habit, a way of coping with life and its stresses.
There can be many serious repercussions to repetitive bulimic behavior (e.g.. tooth decay, gum disease, malnutrition, digestive problems, and electrolyte imbalances which can effect critical organs including the heart). Additionally, relationships often suffer as the individual with bulimia becomes increasingly withdrawn and secretive. Generally, individuals with bulimia nervosa deny that the problem is serious until it gets so out of control that they get scared. Each person's bottom line is different. For some it is purging twice a week, for others it is purging 15 times a day.
The good news is that we have solid knowledge and understanding about how to treat bulimia nervosa today. A combination of individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, antidepressant medication, and education, is the most effective approach. Nonprofit organizations such as Overeaters Anonymous can offer helpful support and structure.
Suggestions for those seeking recovery:
Suggestions for families or friends of individuals with bulimia nervosa:
Dr. Diana K. Weiss is a licensed psychologist (PSY #12476) in private practice in Del Mar, CA. Stress management, cardiac psychology, optimal performance, depression, and anxiety are her areas of specialty. She is a speaker and recent author. Her book on preventing heart disease will be released soon. Dr. Weiss can be reached at (619) 259-0146 240 9th Street Del Mar, California, 92014.
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