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A 40-year-old member asked:

I purge immediately after supper. i don't binge. is this anorexia or bulimia?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 58 years experience
Wrong question !: The label is not important. What is important is that purging is a potentially a harmful symptom . It is a signal that a person is struggling with issues and should get help.
Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 43 years experience
Both are significant problems. Please have a complete physical exam to know if you have a physical illness. Then see a clinical psychologist with expertise in multiple types of psychotherapy for help coping and a Psychiatrist for medication. A support group can be helpful.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

I was diagnosed with binge/purge anorexia. Hows that different from bulimia?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Definitions: Bulimia nervosa is also an eating disorder. Those with bulimia nervosa usually binge and purge-purging means they force themselves to vomit. A pure bulimic would not binge eat, they would just purge after meals. Bulimia nervosa and eating disorders in general can be quite severe and even fatal. People can die from eating disorders which is why treatment is vital.
Last updated Apr 29, 2022


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