Bulimia is an extremely serious condition that can even be deadly. Unfortunately, many bulimics do not believe they have a problem and do not seek the treatment they need to get better. If you are in a cycle of binge-eating and purging or know someone who is, it is essential to seek help from a therapist. The good news is that psychotherapy for bulimia has a proven record of success.
What is bulimia and what are the risks?
Bulimia nervosa is most common among younger women, but can affect older women and men as well. The typical bulimic consumes large amounts of food then deliberately ‘purges’ it, either by inducing vomiting or consuming laxatives, in order to lose weight. How this works can vary from case to case. Some bulimics eat too little food, but some actually end up eating too much. Either case is dangerous for your health. Think of it like repeatedly revving up your car and then slamming down on the brakes. Whatever your average speed, you are definitely damaging the car.
The cycle of overeating and purging denies your body the chance to absorb essential nutrients. The symptoms of bulimia are too many to list here, but some of the more common are fatigue, heart irregularities, abnormal bowel function, and loss of menstruation. Two of the most obvious visible symptoms are dry, sallow skin and tooth decay. This is grimly ironic since most bulimics are motivated by a distorted idea of appearing beautiful. People struggling with bulimia often develop mental health issues such as anxiety and depression because of the stress their diet places on their brain chemistry.
When should you seek help?
If you are experiencing the symptoms of bulimia, the answer is, right away. If you have uncontrollable bouts of binge eating, are inducing vomiting, or are using laxatives for weight control, then help is available. Our team has seen how bulimia can ruin lives. We have also had the immense privilege of helping bulimic people put their lives back together. For help with bulimia, or any other eating disorder, contact us today by phone or by filling in the contact form.
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