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A 22-year-old female asked:

Recovering from bulimia and have stopped purging but still struggle with binge eating and restricting. how can i stop the cycle?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Work w/therapist: I'm glad you're working on recovering from bulimia, and have at least stopped purging. Healing from this can be a long journey. You need to continue working with your therapist to deal with your triggers for this behavior -- and develop a larger repertoire of responses to these triggers. Individual and group work can provide tools that will help you through the rough spots. Be well.
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Dr. Nina Savelle-Rocklin
Clinical Psychology 11 years experience
Address root cause: Eating disorders are a problematic way of resolving or expressing psychological conflict. People often cycle from one form of ED to another. I recommend seeking treatment to identify what's eating "at" you instead of focusing on what you're eating, or what you weigh. Learning to identify what's going on inside and then responding to yourself in words, will help make peace with food.
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