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My wife has a history of bulimia and binge eating and confides in me about it. I often struggle with my response. What's the best way to respond here?

My wife has a history of bulimia and binge eating and confides in me about it. I often struggle with my response. What's the best way to respond here?

Wife bulimia: Be supportive, tolerant, empathic, and distract her from focusing on physical appearance to focusing on emotional & support she is receiving while she tries to cope with her illness in therapy. Also, if she is in counseling, be a part of that. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bulimia (Definition)

Bulimia nervosa or "bulimia" is a psychiatric disorder in which a person over eats a lot of food at one time (binging) and then vomits later to purge herself of ...Read more


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What is the primary difference between bulimia nervosa from binge eating?

What is the primary difference between bulimia nervosa from binge eating?

No purging: Binge eating disorder is like bulimia nervosa without the "compensatory" behaviors. People with bulimia always engage in some time of behavior to counteract the purge (e.g. Self induced vomiting, laxative abuse, excessive exercise). ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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I have bulimia or binge eating disorder, how to tell?

I have bulimia or binge eating disorder, how to tell?

Purging: Both bulimia and binge eating disorder are characterized by eating large quantities of food, rapidly and often to the point of pain. There's a sense of a loss of control during the binge and intense feelings of shame and guilt. Bulimia involves purging (vomiting, exercising, laxatives or restricting) as a compensatory measure to get rid of the food from the binge. ...Read more

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Is there any link in bulimia or binge eating and a spleen laceration?

Is there any link in bulimia or binge eating and a spleen laceration?

Perhaps: So much strain on the body during the vomiting sessions. You need to get help and work on modification techniques ...Read more

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I overcame bulimia for 15 yrs, started binging no purge overcame for 8yr no help. Now it is back binge eating disorder out of control how get help?

I overcame bulimia for 15 yrs,  started binging no purge overcame for 8yr no help. Now it is back binge eating disorder out of control how  get help?

Professional help: I would recent a counselor optimally one experienced with eating disorders . Over eating anonymous is a group like aa .Consider removing gluten .Gluten sensitive sea to prompt carbohydrate craving sometimes.Make a written contract with yourself-write down everything you eat calculate the number of calories appropriate to eat for you and keep track may also help. ...Read more

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How is a binge-eating disorder differ from bulimia nervosa?

How is a binge-eating disorder differ from bulimia nervosa?

To answer: Binge eating disorder patients purge less often than bulimic patients, however, both need professional help just as much. Also pateints can present with or without puprging at difeerent times. If you know someone with either condition please make sure they contact a specialist who works with a team of counselors, dieticians, primary care docotors and psychitrists for the best care. ...Read more

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How does binge-eating disorder differ from bulimia nervosa?

How does binge-eating disorder differ from bulimia nervosa?

BED: Those with binge eating do, unlike bulimia, do not purge, fast, or engage in strenuous exercises. ...Read more

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Are there eating disorders other than anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating?

Are there eating disorders other than anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating?

Yes there are.: Other eating disorders: cravings for specific foods or non-edible substances (clay or starch in pregnancy, dirt & ice in iron & zinc deficiencies, pica in children & adolescents eating any non-nutritive substance), psychiatric disorders looking like eating disorders (depression, somatization disorders, schizophrenia) with food aversions, body distortions, delusions, paranoia that affect eating. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Skversky
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Binge Eating (Definition)

Binge eating is a condition consisting of episodes of eating extremely large amounts of food in a short time, and may be related to feelings of ...Read more