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Do you think i should avoid socializing while i battle bulimia?

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Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 13 years experience
Friendships are good: Most people would benefit from strong friendships and relationships with those around them while they are contending with stresses from outside or within. Your contention with bulimia would most likely be more manageable in the context of sustained relationships with those that matter to you. There are introverts that may benefit some from privacy although they may benefit from friendship too.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Not at all: People who purge may avoid social interaction in order to vomit, or take laxatives or diuretics. Also, conflict or upset in relationships may precede episodes of binging and purging. Socially isolating oneself is absolutely not the answer, though! instead, working in therapy will be more helpful -- which involves connecting honestly with your doctors. Honesty w/trusted friends is important too.

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