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Dr. Lawrence Smith Dr. Smith
Clinical Psychology
26 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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In what period of time does a bulimic person lose weight?

In what period of time does a bulimic person lose weight?

No weight loss: Ironically, actual weight loss is not necessarily associated with bulimia. Instead, people with this disorder binge eat and attempt to prevent weight gain through compensatory behavior (e.g., vomiting, laxatives, diuretics, enemas, medications, fasting, or excessive exercise). ...Read more

Dr. Asaf Presente Dr. Presente
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
12 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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A bulimic person is in danger of cardiac heart arrest, but why?

A bulimic person is in danger of cardiac heart arrest, but why?

Definitely yes: Bulimics are constantly vomiting - this screws up their acid-base status as well as their electrolytes (like sodium and potassium) in their blood - these imbalances irritate the heart tissue and makes it much more likely to have cardiac arrest. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Reynolds Dr. Reynolds
Psychiatry
29 years in practice
The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
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Would you call a person bulimic after just one or two evoked vomitings?

Would you call a person bulimic after just one or two evoked vomitings?

Nope: The binge eating and inappropriate compensatory behavior (in this case purging) would both occur, on average, at least twice a week for 3 months, in an attempt to avoid weight gain. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi Dr. Lavi
Clinical Psychology
31 years in practice
University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Please explain what are the less noticeable signs of a person being bulimic?

Please explain what are the less noticeable signs of a person being bulimic?

Less noticeable : Signs of bulimia: dental problems, heart symptoms, hiding the purging from family and loved ones by making the noise, binging when no one is home and hiding empty food containers. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Can a person be bulimic, overweight and not bulimic for reasons to do with weight?

Can a person be bulimic, overweight and not bulimic for reasons to do with weight?

Bulimic: After reading your question several times, i would say anything is possible. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel Dr. Weixel
Clinical Psychology
32 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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If a person throw up, but it didn't have to do with food, would they still be considered a bulimic?

If a person throw up, but it didn't have to do with food, would they still be considered a bulimic?

Not about food?: I can't guess what causes a behavior pattern of that sort, but if it really is not related to food consumption and issues of weight/body concerns it probably would not be diagnosed as bulimia. It could be a sort of tic disorder or compulsion. Of course there might be a purely digestive tract another physiological problem. Not enough info to know more, sorry. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Roth Dr. Roth
Addiction Medicine
39 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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Who usually becomes bulimic?

Who usually becomes bulimic?

Family disease: Bulimia is an addictive disorder, and may be associated with other addiction in the family. ...Read more

Dr. Marthalee Walden Dr. Walden
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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How can I stop being bulimic?

How can I stop being bulimic?

Professional Help: You must seek out a qualified professional who can help you deal with this very dangerous illness. Medications and psychotherapy are critical. You also must be dedicated to stopping the behaviors and working hard to overcome this illness and dealing with the underlying forces which led to the behavior. Please get the help you need. ...Read more

Dr. Cyma Khalily Dr. Khalily
Psychiatry
31 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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How can I help a bulimic friend?

How can I help a bulimic friend?

ENCOURAGE HELP!!: Support and understanding but not enabling. So encourage them to seek professional help as it is a tough disorder and needs a variety of areas of help like psychological, medical., exercise, and nutrition. ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein Dr. Adelstein
Clinical Psychology
23 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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How can I help my bulimic friend?

How can I help my bulimic friend?

Learn About Bulimia: You might best help your friend by reading up on eating disorders & how to best support someone struggling w/ one. Check "get help" page of website of the National Assn of Anorexia Nervosa & Related Disorders (ANAD): http://anad.org. The Eating Disorders Information Network (EDIN) also has very helpful resources: http://myedin.org. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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How could i help a bulimic friend?

How could i help a bulimic friend?

Help her get help: Without blaming or judgment, you could gently encourage your bulimic friend to get help from her (or his? Men can develop this illness too) physician. Bulimia may start out innocuously, but can be very serious. Repeated vomiting can rupture stomach or esophagus; electrolyte changes can result in heart arrhythmias; malnutrition, etc. Bulimia becomes a damaging way to deal with emotional pain. ...Read more

Dr. Bassam Amawi Dr. Amawi
Psychiatry
45 years in practice
University of South Florida College of Medicine
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Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Dr. Ana Adelstein Dr. Adelstein
Clinical Psychology
23 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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What to do if i may be becoming bulimic?

What to do if i may be becoming bulimic?

Ready 2 Take Action?: Glad u r asking this question! Suggest learning about eating disorders & seeking expert help. Good start place = website of Natl Assn of Anorexia Nervosa & Related Disorders: http://bit.ly/16CRmYH. Helpline = 630-577-1330. If u begin now 2 understand the reasons u may be "becoming bulimic, " in 6 mos u might have very different story 2 tell about urself. What would u like that story 2 be? ...Read more

Dr. Carlos Satulovsky Dr. Satulovsky
Psychiatry
24 years in practice
National University of La Plata Faculty of Medicine
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Am i bulimic or is this normal behavior?

Am i bulimic or is this normal behavior?

Psychiatry : Consultation with a psychiatrist, in person, is a must. The only way to know for sure is to carefully interview and evaluate you. Get an appointment with a psychiatrist in your area asap. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi Dr. Lavi
Clinical Psychology
31 years in practice
University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Is there a way to help my bulimic friend?

Is there a way to help my bulimic friend?

Get professional: Get professional help, make sure she starts working with a therapist and be there to support her as she goes through the therapeutic process. You cannot do it alone and neither can she. It is a serious potentially life threatening illness, so make sure she gets treatment asap. ...Read more

Dr. Anthony Vertino Dr. Vertino
Clinical Psychology
19 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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How do I get help if i know I am bulimic?

How do I get help if i know I am bulimic?

See a therapist: Your general physician should have the name of several trusted therapists in your area. Getting a referral only takes asking. Good thinking of you to get help and good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi Dr. Lavi
Clinical Psychology
31 years in practice
University of Massachusetts Medical School
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What classifies somebody as being bulimic?

What classifies somebody as being bulimic?

Bulimia: Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by frequent episodes of binge eating, followed by frantic efforts to avoid gaining weight. They constantly battle with the desire to lose weight or stay thin and the overwhelming compulsion to binge eat. Once they binge, they try 2 “undo” it, by taking ex-lax, inducing vomiting, or going for a ten-mile run. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Help? I believe i may be becoming bulimic?

Help? I believe i may be becoming bulimic?

Please see your: Primary care physician. He or she needs to evaluate your physical health ; will also determine if addiction medicine or psychiatric consult is indicated. Ttake care. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli Dr. Ciaramicoli
Clinical Psychology
41 years in practice
University of Massachusetts Medical School
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What bad things happen if you are bulimic?

What bad things happen if you are  bulimic?

Bulimia: You can compromise your health, your spirit and your relationships and your future considerably. Consult with a clinical psychologist and give yourself the chance to avoid these pitfalls and live a happier life. Besgt. ...Read more

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