Seeking help for bulimia nervosa is a difficult thing to start, but is something that becomes absolutely necessary for several reasons. Bulimia is an eating disorder which can lead to life-threatening circumstances and health concerns. Eating disorders in general are extremely hard to recover from, but bulimia especially is difficult to handle alone and often requires professional help.
Here are a few steps to seeking treatment if you or someone you care about is struggling with bulimia nervosa.
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As mentioned in previous posts, bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder and that it focuses on control. Essentially, it is about monitoring your food intake and weight carefully enough to binge-eat and then purge immediately after to avoid the effects of the food. Because of this, you are not in control. Your disorder is.
While therapy and treatment are both necessary to recovery, so is a support system. You can’t beat an eating disorder by yourself, which is why you have a therapist to give you the tools and coping strategies needed for recovery. However, you also need a support system outside of your treatment. Your friends and family can help give you strength and courage when you’re scared and want to give up.
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Happy and I have been best friends since we were 5 years old. We went to the same school together until high school and only parted ways when we entered college. I took up engineering and Happy was finishing nursing. She always wanted to help those in need especially children with cancer. But all of these are now a forgotten memory. Happy died 3 months ago due to esophageal bleeding and complications from bulimia.
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Everyone struggles with something, whether it be stress, anxiety, depression, or other specific mental disorders. When you watch someone you care about struggle with something serious, like an eating disorder, it can be hard to decide how to act around them. It can be hard to act normal, especially when you’re worried that the situation has become life-threatening. While it’s important to treat the person like you usually would, it’s also important to recognize what they are going through and be honest with them about your concerns.
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Eating disorders are some of the biggest compositions of mental health disorders today, but while these disorders were more popularly prevalent among women, much research has shown that the men of today are also affected. Although a majority of those with eating disorders, particularly bulimia nervosa, are women, one in ten are males and are equally struggling to find ways to free themselves from the dangers of this illness.
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Bulimia, or the more scientific term Bulimia nervosa, is a type of eating disorder that involves binge eating. This eating disorder can be fatal and is extremely threatening to the physical and mental health of the individual suffering from it.
After the individual eats copious amounts of food, they overcompensate for the extra food by making themselves throw up or exercising more than they should. The individual induces vomiting either by forcing objects down their throat or by using laxatives.
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Everyone experience body image issues at some point in their lives. Teenagers and adolescents are extremely concerned with their physical appearance and at times, may carry on into their adulthood. It doesn’t help that media and society highly praise the perfect body. Females strive for a slimmer waist, bigger breasts, and thinner thighs. Males attempt to be bulk up their muscles. While it is perfectly fine to try to achieve the perfect body, there are some limitations and boundaries on what is a normal and safe way of trying to get this “model” body.
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Have you experienced waking up one day not being able to wear your old clothes or not being able to zip up your jeans? Or going to a homecoming party and the first thing an old friend noticed was your obvious weight gain?
Individuals that are born in the digital age are called Millennials, and experts like psychologists and sociologists believe they have different outlooks, life perspectives, challenges, and problems. One of which is the pressure to maintain the “ideal weight” that every person is suggesting, predominantly the social media stream. It is a given fact that the power of suggestion is highly influential. With this in thought, the pressure to maintain or attain the “ideal weight” can lead to serious mental problems such as eating disorders. Sadly, it becomes a vicious cycle (for some) of weight loss obsession, binge eating, or overcoming addiction for food.
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You don’t always think about taking a depression test when you suspect something is wrong with your daughter, especially when they’re in their teens. Even with your child reaches adulthood you can honestly think they’re still growing and going through changes so you don’t automatically think something is wrong. Unfortunately, there are times when it’s not a phase and the child is going through something they cannot understand. Eating disorders are amongst the biggest health concerns for girls around the world and bulimia is one very serious disorder to watch for. However, how can this affect a family and what help is out there?
Eating Disorders Can Affect Someone’s Health and Well-being
Bulimia is a very serious eating disorder and can affect the body in a variety of ways. For starters, someone who suffers from bulimia can damage their internal organs and can have many issues in later life. What’s more, bulimia sufferers can often become depressed with their situation as most want to become thinner and prettier. Lots of sufferers can find they have a certain idea of the person they must become and it can really affect them badly. There are many types of depression which can surface and it’s tragic because sometimes the help is not given quickly enough. Continue reading “My Daughter’s Secret Battle with Bulimia” »
Will online therapy prevent your teen from being afflicted with bulimia for the rest of their lives? Sometimes, it’s not easy to spot because your teen can act normally around you. Bulimia is all about periods of overeating and then closely followed by fasting or vomiting. It’s a serious condition, but one that some people can hide very well. You wouldn’t think you could hide being bulimic but in actual fact it’s possible. What can be done to stop this condition and how can you spot the signs?
People Are Good At Hiding Bulimia
How can you tell if someone is bulimic? Despite what you might think, it’s not always easy to spot the signs as people are getting better and better at hiding their problems. You might think if there were any issues you would see them but not always. The truth is people with eating disorders can often be great at hiding the truth and you go on with little clue as to what’s going on. It’s a strange factor really and yet it’s so true. People are good at hiding the signs and even when they attend free online counseling they can hide their true feelings. Continue reading “Is Your Team Bulimic” »