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How to recover bulimia?

How to recover bulimia?

Psychodynamic: Bulimia is sometimes the result of a vicious internal struggle between self-indulgence and self-destructiveness. The cycle goes as follows: punitive self-denial, then feelings of deprivation and anger, followed by self-indulgence, then guilt and the need to self-punish, followed by punitive self-denial. A vicious cycle: denial, anger, indulgence, guilt. Psychotherapy can really help. ...Read more

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Malnutrition (Definition)

Refers to the individual that receives either too few nutrients, too many nutrients, an imbalance of nutrients, or due to comorbidities or underlying inherited or acquired diseases, an under or ...Read more


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What are bulimia symptoms?

What are bulimia symptoms?

Bulimia: In bulimia, the person regularly eats large amounts of food with the feeling s/he can't control food intake. There is also purging behavior through avenues like vomiting, diuretics, laxatives, etc. They are extremely worried about their body size and shape. Much more info through the national eating disorders association: http://tinyurl.Com/ospndlu. ...Read more

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How should I treat bulimia?

How should I treat bulimia?

Consult a specialist: In general the treatment of bulimia could consist of a combination of psychotropic medications and psycho therapy and possibly other medical interventions. That needs to be tailored to your specific situation/condition and needs. It is very important that you get a full evaluation by a psychiatrist/therapist who will guide you through the right treatment plan. ...Read more

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How can bulimia be damaging?

How can bulimia be damaging?

Many: Potential weight gain, abdominal pain, bloating, swelling of the hands and feet, chronic sore throat, hoarseness, broken blood vessels in the eyes, swollen cheeks and salivary glands, weakness and dizziness, tooth decay and mouth sores, acid reflux or ulcers, ruptured stomach or esophagus, loss of menstrual periods.Chronic constipation from laxative abuse. ...Read more

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How to know if I have bulimia?

How to know if I have bulimia?

Do you binge/purge?: Bulimia symptoms include eating large amounts of food in a short time (bingeing) and then compensating by purging either by vomiting, using laxatives, over-exercising or restricting. People with bulimia also are preoccupied with their weight and feel a tremendous amount of shame for their behavior, which is often secretive. The good news is that there is help and you can recover from bulimia. ...Read more

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Are there any videos about bulimia?

Many: There are many videos about bulimia if you simply "google" for them. Here's a link to a couple: http://www.Healthyplace.Com/eating-disorders/bulimia-nervosa/bulimia-videos/. ...Read more

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Please explain what are signs of bulimia?

Please explain what are signs of bulimia?

Obsession w food ;: Your body. Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person binges on food. On average 3, 000 to 5, 000 calories are ingested during a binge. This is usually followed by feeling of guilt ; shame which then leads to attempts to burn calories ; decrease intake. This may come in the form of over-exercising, self- induction of vomiting, taking laxatives or diuretics. ...Read more

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Could bulimia or anoriexia actually work?

Could bulimia or anoriexia actually work?

As a form of weight: Control? Well heres the problem - these conditions can make you very ill ; sometimes lead to death. Once, you have fiddled around with your metabolics enough - you metabolic rate will drops. You will sabotage yourself every which way possible. ...Read more

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What are most worrisome effects of bulimia?

What are most worrisome effects of bulimia?

Electrolytes: If you are vomiting often, you may develop deficiencies in electrolytes which could affect your heart rhythm (at worst) and your general health (best case if this is all). Working with a physician who can monitor these and replete if necessary is important. On a broader scope though, it is a serious eating disorder that is very treatable and your overall quality of life can improve greatly. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I am developing bulimia?

Is it possible that I am developing bulimia?

I don't know your: Symptoms. Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person binges on food. On average 3, 000 to 5, 000 calories are ingested during a binge. This is usually followed by feeling of guilt ; shame which then leads to attempts to burn calories ; decrease intake. This may come in the form of over-exercising, self- induction of vomiting, taking laxatives or diuretics. Recommend psychiatric eval. ...Read more

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What happens to someone who has bulimia for decades?

What happens to someone who has bulimia for decades?

Chronic illnesses: Most physical problems associated with bulimia arise from vomiting. Teeth will eventually decay and fall out. Blood potassium levels decrease, a risk for cardiac arrhythmias. Stomach ulcers may develop as well as esophageal bleeding and tears. Over time, a sequence of chronic illnesses can occur affecting heart, liver, gastrointestinal tract, and/or neurologic complications. ...Read more

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Is it possible tol die from bulimia if you have stopped?

No: Your body will regain a healthy state when you stop bulemia and have healthier nutrition. I am happy that you have stopped. This is a great thing. Continue to develop helthy habits. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the easiest signs to see that someone has bulimia?

What are the easiest signs to see that someone has bulimia?

Tricky, but: There are several signs including depression, withdrawal from friends or family, bad breath, smooth fingernails or thin skin on back of finger. The dentist can also notice signs to the back of teeth that show thinning of enamel from stomach acid. ...Read more

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What are your thoughts on bulimia? Difficulties with helping this?

What are your thoughts on bulimia? Difficulties with helping this?

Eating Disorders: In general, eating disorders need thorough evaluation by a mental health counselor to determine the type, extent, and comorbidity issues, which will guide toward appropriate interventions. Therapy involves cognitive therapy, group therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, evaluation for possible medications for comorbid conditions, dietary consult, & referral to an eating program depending on severit. ...Read more

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Is there such thing as non-purging bulimia?

Is there such thing as non-purging bulimia?

Yes and no: Eating disorders are variable. More often now we might call non- purging bulia a binge eating disorder. But some people try to run off the extra calories. This really requires a professional consultation for a more complete answer. ...Read more

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What are the effects of bulimia on the voice?

Laryngitis and more: If repeated vomiting is part of your bulemic spectrum, then exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid & pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation). Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, and even a higher risk of throat cancer. ...Read more

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What is the effects of bulimia on the person's voice?

What is the effects of bulimia on the person's voice?

Hoarseness: Stomach acid irritates the larynx(voice box) and can create chronic hoarseness and a very sore throat. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Poor Nutrition (Definition)

Poor nutrition or malnutrition occurs when the body has insufficient intake, too much intake that is not healthy or when the diet is poorly balanced . Malnutrition can be the result of poor ...Read more


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Bulimia (Definition)

Apsychiatric 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