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Please share some do's and dont's for patients with bulimia.

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Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
With: With bulimia, gluten sensitivity and subsequent removal should be considered.
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
If: If there is a history of bulimia be sure to have your teeth checked for enamel damage.
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Do: Do see your dentist regularly - your condition is really tough on your teeth.
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
People: People with bulimia may have higher rates of osteoporosis.
Dr. Jeffrey Collura
Cosmetic Dentistry 15 years experience
Enamel: Enamel is softest after purging, never brush, simply rinse with water or Fluoride rinse.
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 37 years experience
You: You are a beautiful person, and even if you don't see it, the rest of the world does!
Dr. Paul Harper
General Surgery 53 years experience
Do: Do tell your doctor and don't do it.
Dr. Mitchell Vogel
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Keep: Keep a healthy attitude about your health and respect your body.
Dr. Mitchell Vogel
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Don't: Don't treat yourself, get help. Join a group at your local hospital. Understand that there is help.
Dr. Sandra Pinkham
54 years experience
With: With compulsions one needs to lower stress and find a personal space of safety and calm.
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Emphasize: Emphasize health and maintaining health over the competitive pursuit of some nebulous beauty goal.
Dr. Robert Stoner
Dentistry - orthodontics 39 years experience
Understand: Understand that bulimia will remove the enamal from the backside of the teeth.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 28 years experience
Don't: Don't brush your teeth after vomiting. This will destroy even more enamel. Just rinse your mouth.
Dr. Mitchell Vogel
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Do: Do seek medical care? Do seek counseling? Don't feel alone!
Dr. Adam Tripp
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Find: Find a support group and/or a psychotherapist where you feel comfortable to talk about your fears.
Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
Dentistry 23 years experience
Do: Do see your dentist and tell him about your bulimia, don't wait, your teeth will suffer.
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 30 years experience
Have: Have your breakfast & dinner, as a family, at a set time with your children then a 10 min walk.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 42 years experience
Work: Work to focus more on what you can do with your life rather than brief "pleasure" & body weight.
Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 35 years experience
Rinse: Rinse out your mouth with a mix of water and baking soda after each incident to neutralize the acid.
Dr. Emma Rishton
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Food: Food is not the only problem. There is something missing. Figure out what you are really hungry for.
Dr. Rupesh Parikh
Medical Oncology 27 years experience
Weight: Weight change is not a "behavioral" change and your recovery revolves around "behavioral" change.
Dr. Rupesh Parikh
Medical Oncology 27 years experience
Forget: Forget about being 100% successful. Aim for a maximum of 75% success.
Dr. Rupesh Parikh
Medical Oncology 27 years experience
Keep: Keep a diary. Surround yourself with friends. Control the impulse. See an eating professional.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Don't: Don't be a stranger! ask your doctor for advice & help please.
Dr. Lisa Vollmer
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Eat: Eat something every 4 hours. Get treatment for anxiety. If you feel full, wait; don't panic.
Dr. Lisa Vollmer
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Don't: Don't find another substance/destructive behavior to take place of eating/purging.
Dr. Lisa Vollmer
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Nothing,: Nothing, and no one, is perfect. Note your successes. Plan for tomorrow.
Dr. Lisa Vollmer
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Don't: Don't watch television or read fashion magazines. They are designed to make you feel lacking.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 37 years experience
Rinse: Rinse your mouth with 1 teaspoon baking soda in a glass of water to neutralize the acid in mouth.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 37 years experience
Protect: Protect teeth by using mi paste. Get is from your dentist.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
DO: Do seek support & be assertive. Don't isolate yourself.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Do: Do believe in yourself no matter how you see yourself.
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Work: Work on your ability to be direct and truthful with others, stop avoiding conflict.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
For: For bulimia: combined psychotherapy, ongoing support groups, and nutritional guidance work best.
Dr. Nurit Winkler
Fertility Medicine 27 years experience
Acknowledging: Acknowledging the problem and seek professional help... The sooner the better.
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
Sometimes: Sometimes meds and psychotherapy really can help - and it's not an intelligent way to control weight.
Dr. Mandakini Patel
Pediatrics 42 years experience
Try: Try eating out with people, and where you have no access to restrooms for a few hours. Be happy.
Dr. Wil Ausborn
Clinical Psychology 24 years experience
Monitor: Monitor your environment and stay away from people, places, and activities that trigger temptation.
Dr. Wil Ausborn
Clinical Psychology 24 years experience
Begin: Begin by admitting your weakness to this condition and seek out support and professional help.
Dr. Wil Ausborn
Clinical Psychology 24 years experience
Reinforce: Reinforce a healthy body image in your children no matter what their size or shape.
Dr. Wil Ausborn
Clinical Psychology 24 years experience
Cognitive: Cognitive behavioral therapy help you identify unhealthy, negative beliefs and behaviors.
Dr. Caroline Cribari
Psychiatry 24 years experience
If: If you don't eat for 4 hours, metabolism nearly stops. Keep your metabolism burning. Eat regularly.
Dr. Rodney Del Valle
A Verified Doctoranswered
37 years experience
Parents: Parents as a role model, setting standards to eat dinner together regularly with balanced diets.
Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Do: Do get a friend to help you through this problem.
Dr. Caroline Cribari
Psychiatry 24 years experience
Try: Try to tune in instead of tuning out. Cope with communication instead of food and body issues.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
In: In recovery from bulimia losing weight is a challenge. Work with your therapist, dietician, and dr.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
A: A health care team of doctors, nutritionists, and therapists will help learn healthy eating pattern.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Fluoxetine: Fluoxetine (prozac) is used to treat depression and anxiety when they are underlying causes.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Help: Help your daughter develop a confident, realistic body image to help prevent bulimia.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Don't: Don't force someone with bulimia to eat more. She will feel even more pressure to throw it up later.
Dr. Adam King
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 16 years experience
Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy is the most effective long term solution to bulimia. Find someone you can trust!
Dr. Caroline Cribari
Psychiatry 24 years experience
Therapy,: Therapy, medication, dietician, communication and stress coping skills, empowerment! it works!
Dr. William Williams
Dentistry - Cosmetic 47 years experience
That: It's a myth that: bulimia is only a physical or mental disorder. It can be spiritual disorder too.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
A Verified Doctoranswered
41 years experience
Do: Do not believe what your eating disorders voice says. It is part of your illness and is not real.
Dr. Eyal Simchi
Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry
Speak: Speak to a porfessional. They can guide you to the best resources.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Concentrate: Concentrate on exercise not food and stay away from the mirror . Get a support network
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Exercise: Exercise and a support network are essential for bulemics.
Dr. Sam Markzar
Dentistry - Periodontics 28 years experience
Bulimic: Bulimic patients also have major dental and oral problems due to stomach acid in mouth.
Dr. Ellen Knox
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Seek: Seek treatment early to prevent binge eating and the urge to purge-easier to treat habits early!
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Do: Do tell someone to get a good support exercise and do not focus on how you think you look. To others.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Prevent: Prevent bulimia by creating a strong support network and healthy eating habits.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 42 years experience
Different: Different options- one on one, family or, group therapy or phone session treatment . Choice s yours.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
A Verified Doctoranswered
41 years experience
Do: Do not withhold the presence of an eating disorders voice in your head from your therapist.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
A Verified Doctoranswered
41 years experience
The: The first time you ever do this, you should seek help because it becomes a dangerous way of life.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Bulimia: Bulimia is life threatening, see a professional for help, it may be life or death.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Don't: Don't try to beat it alone, you will need professional help.
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Be: Be honest. The people who love you can support you best once you own up & and talk openly about it.
Dr. Michael Wexler
Cosmetic Dentistry 24 years experience
Swish: Swish with water immediately after purging so stomach acid is less likely to destroy your teeth.
Dr. Emma Rishton
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
If: If you have bulimia, it doesn't work the way you want it to. Therapy can work the way you need it to.
Dr. Alan Koenigsberg
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Get: Get a thorough evaluation from a psychiatrist to determine if there are any early signs of illness.
Dr. Alan Koenigsberg
Psychiatry 43 years experience
A: A thorough evaluation by a psychiatrist will be the best start for effective treatment.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
A Verified Doctoranswered
41 years experience
Ignore: Don't try to make your eating disorder's voice go away with medication. It will not stop that way.
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
Ignore: If you're not doing it now, don't start. If doing it now, it really is a problem so get help.
Dr. Fernando Juliao
Dentistry 31 years experience
Ignore: Look towards getting help from support groups or therapist. Most people cannot do it by theirselves.
Dr. Michael Wexler
Cosmetic Dentistry 24 years experience
Ignore: Make sure you swish your mouth with water in order to neutralize the acid and lessen damage to teeth.
Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
Dentistry 26 years experience
Ignore: Do not brush teeth right after throwing up, as the enamel gets thin too fast from acid and brushing.
Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
Dentistry 26 years experience
Ignore: This is from dentist's point of view, but please share that with your dentist to get custom care.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 46 years experience
Ignore: Bulimia can severely damage the teeth due to acidity.
Dr. Syed H. Sajid
General Adult Psychiatry; Child & Adolescent Psychiatry ( 1 yr. Fellowship), sees all types of patients for Medication Management from ages 6-99yo 30 years experience
Ignore: Parents should provide healthy ; balanced diet to their kids, build self esteem and self acceptance.
Dr. Kiyan Mehdizadeh
Dentistry 10 years experience
Ignore: Do not brush your teeth after vomiting; the softened enamel will disappear. Rinse w/ baking soda.
Dr. Wendy Askew
25 years experience
Ignore: Eating disorder support groups are available! find others who have suffered. You can help each other.
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 30 years experience
Ignore: A good therapist should elucidate the causes behind it.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 44 years experience
Ignore: Use soft bristle toothbrush, baking soda/low abrasion toothpaste cognitive rx; meds can help.
Dr. Tod Haller
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Ignore: Don't brush your teeth immediately after vomiting. That will spread the acid and decay your teeth.
Dr. Tod Haller
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Don't: Don't brush your teeth immediately after vomiting. That will spread the acid and decay your teeth.
Dr. Tod Haller
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Don't: Don't brush your teeth immediately after vomiting. That will spread the acid and decay your teeth.
Dr. Tod Haller
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Don't: Don't brush your teeth immediately after vomiting. That will spread the acid and decay your teeth.
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Ignore: Eating breakfast ; meals on a regular schedule can reduce urges to overeating ; purge.
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Ignore: Medications can be very effective in treating bulimia.
Dr. Martin Fried
Nutrition 37 years experience
Ignore: Do seek professional help from an expert in food eating disorders.
Dr. Martin Fried
Nutrition 37 years experience
Ignore: If you feel like compulsively overeating and purging, see a professional before it becomes a habit.
Dr. James Andrea
35 years experience
Ignore: Counseling is a good start . Often it is a feeling that you don't have control. Misplaced control.
Dr. Jason Siefferman
Pain Management 15 years experience
Ignore: Ask yourself what feelings you're trying to avoid by eating, and why do you have those feelings?
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 46 years experience
Ignore: Consider that you may require physical and psychological therapy to treat bulimia. Motivation is key.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Ignore: Work with the support group that allows you to see yourself at a healthy weight.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Ignore: When you get the feeling wing of purging, call your support buddy.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Ignore: Don't stockpile favorite foods you like to purge.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Ignore: Eat your meals with everyone present, so you won't have the urge to get up and purge.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Ignore: Feel in your body that you are whole and love yourself.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Ignore: Eat small meals during the day to avoid purging.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Ignore: Journal daily about your relationship to food in your need for control over your environment.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Ignore: When eating out, eat smaller portions to avoid over eating and the need to purge.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Ignore: Share your feelings openly about your relationship to food ; what your soul needs to nourish itself.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Ignore: Make every day count take one step at a time.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Ignore: Honor yourself and know that food is good for you not evil.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Ignore: Begin meditation on having a whole and happy, healthy body.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Ignore: Give up control over food, and begin the process of loving yourself enough to nourish your body now.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Ignore: Celebrate every victory for each pound that you're able to keep on you, and not purge.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Ignore: Make sure to check in with your medical team, and buddy, to keep your mind focused and on track.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Ignore: Don't criticize a person with bulimia unless you've walked in their shoes.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Ignore: Patients with bulimia need stepwise support on how they can accomplish both small and large victories for themselves without pressure.
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 58 years experience
Ignore: Do get physical evaluation & psych Rx ASAP This is a life threatening condition Don't minimize it.
Dr. Daniela Torres
Dr. Daniela Torresanswered
Specializes in Medicina General
Ignore: No presionar nunca a los pacientes con bulimia a pesarse.
Last updated Feb 22, 2020

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