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Bulimia Nervosa

Alex , CAS, MSW, ACSW, LCSW — Founder & executive director

Bulimia Nervosa is a Psychological disorder characterized by preoccupation with body image and binge eating followed by some type of purging (e.g. laxative abuse, vomiting) in an attempt to compensate for the binge.

The nature of bulimia: in the book Reviving Ophelia, the author describes her thoughts on women suffering from this disorder. “Bulimic women like their Anorexic sister are over socialized in the feminine role. They are the ultimate people pleasers. Most are attractive with good social skills. Often they are the cheerleaders and homecoming queens, the straight A students and pride of their families” Bulimic young women have lost their true selves. In their eagerness to please, they have developed an addiction that destroys their central core… They have sold their souls in an attempt to have the perfect body. They have a long road back”

There is not as much research or information on Bulimia Nervosa as there is on Anorexia Nervosa. That is because Bulimia Nervosa was not officially recognized or researched until 1979. Approximately 30% to 50% of people diagnosed with Anorexia eventually develop Bulimia. The majority of people with Bulimia fall within an average weight range. People. Suffering from Bulimia usually tend to fluctuate a lot with their weight within a relatively short time. Their weight commonly fluctuates between 5 and 15 pounds within a one-week period.

* Bulimic symptoms are used in an attempt to manage weight and also to avoid dealing with unpleasant feelings such as of anger, anxiety, and sadness.
* People with Bulimia Nervosa binge and purge in an attempt to get rid of calories and to relieve tension.
* Once the pattern becomes ingrained, people with this disorder usually feel they have no control over their binging and purging.
* The addictive nature of this disorder commonly leads to feelings of helplessness, shame, and depression.
* People with Bulimia usually report feeling a loss of control over their symptoms that commonly leads to depression.
* The shame from the Bulimic behaviors can make it difficult for people to go in for treatment.
* The most common risk factors that necessitate a higher level of care in patients with Bulimia are self-harm behaviors and suicidal thoughts.

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