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What is anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa difference?

What is anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa difference?

Anoexia/Bulimia: Both are eating disorders and more common in females. Anorexia primarily involves restriction of food intake in order not to gain weight therefore are usually underweight even though they perceive they are fat and bulimia primarily involves frequent binge eating and they are usually normal weight. Anorexia is the more severe disorder and can be lethal. These are the main differences. ...Read more

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Bulimia (Definition)

A psychiatric disorder in which a person overeats at a single sitting (binges) and then vomits later to purge himself or herself ...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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What are differences between anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa?

What are differences between anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa?

The specific symptom: Anorexia and bulimia are both serious eating disorders which involve distorted body image and extreme weight loss,. Typically,, people with anorexia eat minimal amounts of food exercise excessively to lose,weight. People with bulimia may binge eat rather than restrict food intake and then purge through vomiting and/or laxative abuse. Both can lead to health problems and death. ...Read more

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What is anorexia nervosa vs bulemia?

What is anorexia nervosa vs bulemia?

Similar, Different: Both of these terms have to do with unhealthy ways of dealing with food, body weight, and body composition. Bulimia refers to people who go through cycles of overeating and then using abnormal ways of getting rid of what they've eaten (vomiting, laxative abuse). Anorexia has to do with unhealthy ways of trying to stay underweight (starvation, vomiting, laxatives) without the overeating episodes. ...Read more

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How do binge-eating disorder, anorexia and bulimia nervosa affect the lifespan?

How do binge-eating disorder, anorexia and bulimia nervosa affect the lifespan?

Greatly: Untreated or under treated, eating disorders as a whole have up to a 25% mortality rate. That means that eating disorders can be deadly. Studies show treatment helps, and the more treatment, the lower the risk of complications and death. ...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?

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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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What medications are usually given for eating disorders? Either for bulimia, binge eating, or anorexia?

What medications are usually given for eating disorders? Either for bulimia, binge eating, or anorexia?

That depends: On whether you have associated MEDICAL ISSUES that require medication. In rare cases eating disorders have a purely medical or neurological basis. Most of the time these are psychiatric types of issues which can be approached with or without medication. Need a good clean diagnosis first by a trained expert. Search out a good psychologist/psychiatrist for guidance and help. ...Read more

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What defines bulimia?

What defines bulimia?

See below: Bulimia nervosa presents with uncontrolled bingeing followed by purging or other behaviors to compensate for food intake. The loss of electrolytes can cause death. ...Read more

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What is the link between atheletes/models and binge purge eating disorders?

What is the link between atheletes/models and binge purge eating disorders?

Not totally clear: Some activities, e.g., dancing, gymnastics, modeling, wrestling, place high value on a certain body type. "success" may become linked to a person being at or near the bottom of ideal weight--and may encourage practices such as binging to achieve that weight. Susceptible indviduals, once having started, may find it impossible to stop, partly because of effects of starvation on thinking processes. ...Read more

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Is bulimia or anorexia more dangerous?

Both can be fatal: Anorexia is harder to miss, because of the severe weight loss; the effective starvation impairs functions of a lot of body organs. Many with bulimia look fine weight-wise but are abusing their bodies with purging and vomiting, both of which can cause body chemistry problems, sometimes bad enough to be fatal; vomiting can destroy teeth and cause other stomach problems. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for atypical anorexia nervosa and atypical bulimia nervosa?

What are the symptoms for atypical anorexia nervosa and atypical bulimia nervosa?

Eating disorder is: the overall term for the conditions you mention. Rather than fine-tuning that here, please see your doctor and ultimately a mental health professional who specializes in eating disorders. Eating disorders can damage your health and even kill you. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How many disorders does dsm-iv-tr list under the category for pervasive developmental disorders (pdds)?

How many disorders does dsm-iv-tr list under the category for pervasive developmental disorders (pdds)?

5: The dsm IV lists 5 different categories of pervasive developmental disorders. The new dsm v lists only autism spectrum disorder. This does away with separate diagnoses for autism, pdd-nos, and asperger's disorder. ...Read more

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Can you suggest tips for anorexia nervosa recovery?

Can you suggest tips for anorexia nervosa recovery?

Anorexia Is serious: Since anorexia is a very serious illness which can lead to death, it is imperative to get professional health. In addition there are support groups which can be an adjunct to psychotherapy. A team approach with a psychiatrist, psychologist & nutritionist or an intensive day program may be the best way to start. There are some great programs available, use them! ...Read more

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What causes anorexia nervosa?

What causes anorexia nervosa?

Unknown: The exact cause of anorexia nervosa is unknown. As with many diseases, it's probably a combination of biological, psychological and environmental factors. There may be genetic changes that make some people more vulnerable to developing anorexia. Some emotional characteristics may contribute to anorexia. Peer pressure may help fuel the desire to be thin, particularly among young girls. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for anorexia nervosa?

What's the best treatment for anorexia nervosa?

Multidisciplinary!: Regardless of the age or sex of the patient, a team of clinicians working together to address the various aspects of this disease is key. This may include a nurse, pediatrician/family physician, psychiatrist, therapist and nutritionist/dietician. The severity of the symptoms will determine if this occurs in hospital or as an outpatient. ...Read more

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What's the psychiatric features difference between anorexia and bulimia?

BMI: People with anorexia nervosa must be abnormally underweight whereas those with bulimia nervosa are often in the normal weight range or even overweight. There are other differences as well, but this is probably the best single factor that can be used to discriminate between the two. Binging and purging can occur in either. ...Read more

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What is bulimia?

What is bulimia?

Eating Disorder: Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder involving periods of overeating followed by purging, sometimes through self-induced vomiting or using laxatives. ...Read more

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What is bulimia?

What is bulimia?

Bulimia: Bulimia is an illness which involves at least twice weekly consumption of large quantity of calories followed by compensatory behavior to "lose"/make up for those calories (purging/laxative/excessive exercise/restriction). As an eating disorder specialist, i believe it is primariy an anxiety disorder coped with by addictive body image/food behaviors initiated by feeling a lack of control in life. ...Read more

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What defines bulimia?

See below: Bulimia nervosa presents with uncontrolled bingeing followed by purging or other behaviors to compensate for food intake. The loss of electrolytes can cause death. ...Read more

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How common is bulimia?

How common is bulimia?

2.3%: A 2009 nimh study found the lifetime prevalence of bulimia nervosa was 2.3%, with  a peak age of incidence between 16-20 years. ...Read more

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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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How is bulimia detectable?

How is bulimia detectable?

Signs of behavior: I think you are asking for evidence/signs of purging behaviors in patients. The person is very concerned about weight. Because of forced vomiting could be acrid smelling breath and tooth enamel eroded/brown due to stomach acid; knuckle calluses or worn away finger nails from forced gagging. Lots of empty laxative containers, visits to the bathroom or disappearances after eating, weight shifts. ...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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What do I do about bulimia?

See a counselor: See your doctor to make sure you don't have any electrolyte abnormalities or other medical consequences from the bulimia. In addition, see a counselor. Bulimia is difficult to recover from without help. Talking with a counselor knowledgeable in the disorder can be vital. Group therapy can be very helpful. Explore this site: http://www.Innersolutions.Net for help . Don't give up! ...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?

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?

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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How can bulimia be a "disease?

How can bulimia be a "disease?

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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How does bulimia usually start?

How does bulimia usually start?

Disliking your body: It usually starts with an intense feeling of dissatisfaction for one's body image. This intense dissatisfaction then leads to the binging and/or purging behaviors often associated with an eating disorder. ...Read more

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What are the causes of bulimia?

What are the causes of bulimia?

Several causes: Bulimia is a multifactorial disorder, causes include genetic, psychological, biological, social and environmental. Eating disorders are a phenomenon of newer world with pressures from tv, movies and stress of maintaining body shape. ...Read more

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How can I get help for bulimia?

Make an appointment: You need to find a therapist or psychiatrist in your area that has experience in this area. And that is easy to do. When you call any office, you can ask if that person has expertise in the area of eating disorders. ...Read more

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What causes bulimia in someone?

What causes bulimia in someone?

Unknown: Bulimia remains a mystery in terms of underlying causes. There almost certainly is a social aspect--goes back to roman times where vomiting was an expected part of feasts, and is more prevalent when social standards value extreme thinness. However, why it becomes a compulsive habit in some and not others remains unclear, as does the robust reduction in purging antidepressants can produce. ...Read more

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What are signs of being bulimia?

What are signs of being bulimia?

Binge and purge: Bulimia requires the presence of episodes of binge eating, which has to do with eating large quantities of food within a short period of time. Also, there are behaviors wich focus on trying to get rid of these calories as quickly as possible through self-induced vomiting, excessive laxative use, or other efforts and "purging" the calories that have been eaten. ...Read more

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How can people die from bulimia?

Yes you can: Yes you can die from bulimia. Without treatment, this “binge and purge” cycle can lead to serious, long-term health problems. Acid in the mouth from vomiting can cause tooth decay, gum disease, and loss of tooth enamel. Any type of purging can lead to bone thinning (osteoporosis), kidney damage, heart problems, or even death. ...Read more

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How does bulimia affect the body?

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How does bulimia affect the body?

Eating do: Anorexia & bulimia lead to complications as noted in the diagram. ...Read more

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What can bulimia do to your body?

Bulimia: Bulimia can ultimately cause death. Along the way, it can cause: cheek swelling/soreness; gum disease; tooth enamel erosion ; cavities; throat irritation; ruptured esophagus; GI bleeding; stomach pain ; delayed emptying; fatigue; anemia; irregular heartbeats; heart failure; dehydration; electrolyte disturbances; irregular/absent menses; abdominal cramping http://tinyurl.Com/34sc4p. ...Read more