Helping a Friend Overcome Bulimia | Counseling | Therapy

Helping a Friend Overcome Bulimia

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

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Helping a friend, family member or significant other overcome bulimia / Remember Bulimia is difficult to detect

Signs of Bulimia Nervosa often include, but are not limited to

* Secretive behavior
* Money unaccounted for (spent on food)
* Evidence of a lot of junk food, including wrappers and empty containers
* Food that disappears rapidly
* The Individual disappears shortly after meals (People purge in the shower, bath, toilet, or in a bag in their room)
* Marks on the backs of the fingers (from sticking their fingers down their throat to vomit)
* The person seems excessively concerned with weight
* The Individual’s cheeks are swollen (Indicating swollen Salivary glands from purging)
* Their weight fluctuates a lot within a short period.
* They hide food in their room
* They seem moody, depressed, withdrawn, irritable
* There are signs they are not feeling well physically (bloating, constipation, acid reflux, fatigue)
* There have a lot of diet books
* Medical tests reveal dehydration and or low potassium
* Evidence of laxatives, diuretics, enemas, diet pills
* Vomit in bags hidden in the room

To help someone in the recovery process, you will need to be aware of their triggers as well as their acting out behaviors. With that being said, there is a funny balance between supportive behaviors and controlling behaviors.

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