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What is the death rate from bulimia nervosa?

What is the death rate from bulimia nervosa?

Surprisingly High: According to the national association of anorexia nervosa and associated eating disorders, eating disorders have the highest mortality rates of any mental disorder. The mortality rates vary considerably between studies and groups. A study published in the "american journal of psychiatry" (2009) gives the mortality rates: 4% for anorexia, 3.9% for bulimia and 5.2% for other eating disorders. ...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 usually results from bulimia nervosa?

What usually results from bulimia nervosa?

Bulimia is dangerous: Bulimia may cause electrolyte imbalances that may lead to heart failure, as well as esophageal and gastric ruptures, all of which may be fatal. Other medical complications for bulimia include bone loss, osteoporosis, dehydration, kidney disease, anemia and low white cell counts, which lowers the immune system and creates vulnerability to disease and infection. Also, gum disease, tooth decay. ...Read more

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How many people die each year from anorexia nervosa?

How many people die each year from anorexia nervosa?

Too many: The lifetime mortality rate for those with anorexia nervosa may approach 25%, especially when untreated. It is a very serious and sad condition. Those with an suffer greatly. ...Read more

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How can people die from bulimia?

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 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 painful is death from respiratory failure?

How painful is death from respiratory failure?

It varies: If you see people who are drowning, they really struggle at the beginning. People who develop resp failure from sepsis or copd, they suffer initially, but as the co2 rises it serves as a narcotic and we see them gasping but probably not suffering once consciousness wanes. But acute resp failure from any cause makes someone struggle. So please don't do anything bad. ...Read more

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How many people will die every year from anorexia nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa : Mortality rates are the highest of any mental illness but are difficult to calculate accurately because people with eating disorders die of many things -- heart failure, organ failure, malnutrition, suicide, etc. The national association of anorexia nervosa and associated disorders (www.Anad.Org) reports a study in the amer j of psychiatry that gives a mortality rate for anorexia of 4 percent. ...Read more

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Will someone recover from mental illness caused by drug abuse?

Will someone recover from mental illness caused by drug abuse?

Very complicated: Your question has many moving parts, all of which are interconnected. Recovering from drug abuse ; mental illness requires personal commitment, medical interventions, ongoing psychological/psychosocial treatment, and family ; community support. All these pieces are necessary, and the breakdown of any one of them can impact overall outcome. When they all join together, recovery may be possible. ...Read more

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Can you die from foodborne illness?

Can you die from foodborne illness?

Usually not: Most foodborne illness causes intestinal uproar with acute diarrhea and sometimes practically living in the bathroom until the offending agents pass. A few can cause systemic illness such as salmonella and e coli most of which are treatable but a few if neglected can lead to kidney failure or other serious problems. Hepatitis is also transmissible with food and is serious. ...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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Can one recover from massive heart attack?

Can one recover from massive heart attack?

Yes but this: Is highly variable & depends on amount of permanent damage & if other organs were affected. ...Read more

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Can someone die from bleeding esophageal varices?

Can someone die from bleeding esophageal varices?

Bleeding varices BAD: There is a mortality rate of 30-50% with the first episode of upper GI bleeding from esophageal varices. Two thirds of these patients die within 1 year. Most patients with varices have cirrhosis, 40% dying from associated medical problems. About a quarter to a third of cirrhosis patients bleed at least once from varices. Many therapeutic and preventative options exist--get to a GI doctor asap. ...Read more

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Leading cause of death of children from trauma?

Leading cause of death of children from trauma?

Car crash: From 1-10, the leading cause of preventable death in the us in automobile crashes. Lack of, or inappropriate use of passenger safety seats is a contributing factor. While most understand infants need a protective seat, even that group has ~90% errors in proper use when evaluated at car seat checks.Morbidity is highest when parents are those that choose not to use a seat belt ...Read more

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Can someone die from arteriosclerosis?

Can someone die from arteriosclerosis?

Arteriosclerosis: Of the heart is the most common cause of death in men and women in the U.S. ...Read more

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How many teenagers die from a heroin overdose?

How many teenagers die from a heroin overdose?

In US?: Variable by location.I am unable to find anaccurate breakdown available that covers all US deaths from this specific drug. See: http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/news/20141002/heroin-overdose-deaths-doubled-in-much-of-us-cdc-study ...Read more

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Can a loved one die from alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

Can a loved one die from alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

Yes: Alcohol withdrawal is a medical emergency. If untreated, one can have dangerous heart rhythms, fast respirations, fevers, hallucinations, and seizures. ...Read more

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Can you die from renal trauma?

Can you die from renal trauma?

Yes: Severe trauma can cause internal bleeding which may not be fixable, even with emergency surgery. ...Read more

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What is the death rate from bulimia nervosa?

Surprisingly High: According to the national association of anorexia nervosa and associated eating disorders, eating disorders have the highest mortality rates of any mental disorder. The mortality rates vary considerably between studies and groups. A study published in the "american journal of psychiatry" (2009) gives the mortality rates: 4% for anorexia, 3.9% for bulimia and 5.2% for other eating disorders. ...Read more

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How long can bulimia go until death?

How long can bulimia go until death?

No specifc time: The problems associated with bulimia are dependent on the type of bulimia, its effect on the body's metabolism and general health of the sufferer. People due die from severe metabolic changes their body endure due to bulimia. Others have medical problems but do not die. They suffer from a very difficult chronic eating disorder. The most important advice is to obtain treatment. ...Read more

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How far am i from death? I've been bulimic for four years. My bulimia is very severe, very painful gastroenteritis. And very low blood pressure:91/48.

How far am i from death? I've been bulimic for four years. My bulimia is very severe, very painful gastroenteritis. And very low blood pressure:91/48.

BE CAREFUL!: Bulimia is a dangerous illness but it can be treated! the reason it's dangerous is because vomiting disrupts your body's chemical balances. These can cause seizure and heart-attacks. I would seek professional help immediately. ...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?

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?

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?

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?

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