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Personality Disorders Commonly Associated with Bulimia Nervosa

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Personality Disorders Commonly Associated with Bulimia Nervosa

AVOIDANT PERSONALITY DISORDER (personality disorders commonly associated with bulimia nervosa): As described earlier People with this personality avoid situations due to their social anxiety. Avoidant people are afraid of being rejected or hurt so they avoid social interaction. They may appear to be disinterested in socializing with others. However, their seeming aloofness is really masking insecurity. They may spend time with family members but they usually have no more than one close friend. They often feel hopeless. They have a negative view of themselves. They tend to have less than adequate social skills. They are shy and awkward. A significant percentage of people with this personality disorder turn to alcohol abuse. They are often lonely and depressed about their lack of a social life.

People with the personality disorders below (Histrionic and Borderline) tend to be anxious and erratic in their behavior. They may try to manage their anxiety by becoming self destructive and testing boundaries. They are impulsive and prone to mood swings.

HISTRIONIC PERSONALITY DISORDER (personality disorders commonly associated with bulimia nervosa): People with Histrionic personality disorder are dramatic and like to be the center of attention. They have an excessive need for approval and reassurance. They tend to be overly focused on physical appearance they dress using clothes and makeup that will attract a lot of attention… Their moods tend to be extreme and can change quickly. . They are manipulative and lack insight into their own behavior. They often are attempting to be sexually seductive and do so in inappropriate situations. They are extreme in their expression of emotion. They have low frustration tolerance and seek immediate gratification. They are often charming but not genuine. They use dramatic words and gestures and appear theatrical as if they are always acting in a play. They have an immature and unrealistic view of what a romantic relationship should be like. Their romantic relationships tend to start strong and end poorly with a lot of drama. They have difficulty managing anger and are prone to temper tantrums. They believe they need to be taken care of so they actively seek attention.

BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER (personality disorders commonly associated with bulimia nervosa): As described earlier People with Borderline personality disorder tend to view things in all or nothing terms. They tend to see people as all good or all bad. Someone with borderline personality disorder may idealize someone one week and hate him or her next. They tend to be manipulative. They are inconsistent and have difficulty with their interpersonal relationships. They have a deep fear of rejection and abandonment… They tend to have difficulty managing their anger. They often overreact to any sign of possible rejection from someone. They have chronic feelings of emptiness and boredom. They commonly self injure. They engage is self-destructive behavior such as reckless driving, shoplifting, binge eating, and substance abuse.

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