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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stages of change: It depends on where they are in thinking about his as a problem. Some people are ready to make a change and for them supporting them as they do so is perfect. Other people are not even really thinking that they have a problem (pre-contemplation stage) and for them if you approach the problem as one that you just need to help them deal with they will think you are crazy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Bulimia can be a very serious problem and like most other things, the longer it goes on the more difficult it is to treat. So even if you have an early stage, it is unlikely to just go away. Getting help early before the problem becomes established is very important. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
An Eating Disorder: Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder in which one has a distorted body image often suffering from binge eating (eating very large amounts of food in a short time), purging (self-induced vomiting), laxative or diuretic abuse and excessive exercise. One can develop gum infections, cavities, swollen parotid glands, and electrolyte imbalances. This condition requires professional treatment. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Psychiatrist: Make an appointment with a psychiatrist with experience in treating eating disorders. Also, see a local medical doctor/general practioner for a check up and laboratory evaluation. Also, try and locate a dietician to help you with a proper balanced diet. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Of all the related conditions, is bulimia one of the better or worse ones to have, in terms of effects on health and well-being?
It's not a contest: These are serious conditions. Having any of them is not healthy. Every individual is different, so the impact of a given disease varies from individual to individual. Concentrate on getting yourself better without comparing to others who may be "worse off, or better off.". ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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