Types of Bulimia Nerovsa
Purging – This type of Bulimia Nervosa accounts for most cases of those suffering from this eating disorder. In this form, individuals will regularly engage in self-induced vomiting or abuse of laxatives, diuretics, or enemas after a period of binging.
Non-Purging type – In this form of Bulimia Nervosa, the individual will use other inappropriate methods of compensation for binge episodes, such as excessive exercising or fasting. In these cases, the typical forms of purging, such as self-induced vomiting, are not regularly utilized.
The exact cause of Bulimia Nervosa is not known; though it is suspected that multiple factors contribute to the development of this eating disorder, including genetic, environmental, psychological, and cultural influences. Major causes for bulimia include:
- Stressful transitions or life changes
- History of abuse or trauma
- Negative body image
- Poor self-esteem
- Professions or activities that focus on appearance/performance
Signs & Symptoms
An individual suffering from Bulimia Nervosa may reveal several signs and symptoms, many which are the direct result of self-induced vomiting or other forms of purging, especially if the binge/purge cycle is repeated several times a week and/or day.
- Physical signs and symptoms of this eating disorder are:
- Constant weight fluctuations
- Electrolyte imbalances, which can result in cardiac arrhythmia, cardiac arrest, or ultimately death
- Broken blood vessels within the eyes
- Enlarged glands in the neck and under the jaw line
- Lacerations in the lining of the mouth or throat from repetitive vomiting
- Chronic dehydration
- Inflammation of the esophagus
- Chronic gastric reflux after eating or peptic ulcers
- Disappearance of large amounts of food
- Eating in secrecy
- Lack of control when eating
- Switching between periods of overeating and fasting
- Frequent use of the bathroom after meals
Bulimia Nervosa can also create problematic strains between the sufferer and family and friends, particularly as the individual has abnormal eating behaviors and/or the avoidance of social activities to engage in binge/purge episodes.
How can we help?
Since negative body image and poor self-esteem are often the underlying factors at the root of bulimia, Therapeutic Greenhouse integrates therapy into a recovery process. To stop the binge-purge cycle, the first phase of treatment for Bulimia Nervosa involves breaking the destructive cycle and restoring normal eating behaviors. We then help woman who are struggling with negative thoughts by concentrating on changing irrational beliefs about weight, body shape and dieting. Lastly, we help to resolve any emotional and interpersonal relationship issues. Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy are utilized.
Requirements to Participate in Binge Eating Counseling:
- You are ready to receive help and to participate in care
- You are medically stable to the extent that more extensive medical monitoring is not required
- You are not a danger to self or others