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Is Rehab the Best Treatment for Bulimia Nervosa?

 In Mental Health, Recovery, Rehab

Bulimia Nervosa, often nicknamed “Mia” in the social media world, is an eating disorder where a person compulsively eats a large amount of food at one time. After eating, the person engages in a harmful activity to lose weight. These include vomiting, fasting, enemas, laxatives or diuretics, and compulsive exercising. Typically discovered between late childhood and early adulthood, Bulimia is extremely dangerous, and most with the disorder suffer in silence. Please know you are not alone. Recovery is possible. If you have Bulimia, a residential treatment center may benefit your journey to recovery. 

Bulimia Risk Factors and Symptoms 

While the exact cause of Bulimia is unknown, a few risk factors are known to be related. Bulimia can have harsh effects on the body. The list of side effects is pervasive. If you are battling a Bulimia disorder, help is out there. Seek treatment. 

Risk factors:

  • Mental health conditions
  • Low self-esteem
  • Fear of weight gain
  • Being female
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Substance use disorders
  • Trauma
  • Stress
  • Frequent dieting

Symptoms of Bulimia:

  • Obsessive meal planning
  • Distorted body image 
  • Dental issues 
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen glands in the neck and face
  • Heartburn, indigestion, bloating
  • Irregular periods
  • Weakness
  • Exhaustion
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Sleep issues
  • Dry skin, dry and brittle nails 
  • Uncontrollable eating followed by purging
  • Hoarding food 
  • Food rituals
  • Skipping meals
  • Feeling out of control
  • Using the bathroom after meals
  • Mood swings
  • Drinking large amounts of water 
  • Often using mints, gum, or mouthwash
  • Erosion of tooth enamel
  • Dental cavities
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Ruptures of your stomach or esophagus 
  • Altered poop habits 
  • Dehydration
  • Irregular heartbeat 
  • Heart attack
  • Lower sex drive 
  • Self-harm 
  • Suicidal behavior 
  • Alcohol or drug addiction 

Co-occurring Disorders that are common with Bulimia include:

  • Anorexia
  • Binge-eating disorder
  • OCD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Drug addiction
  • Suicidal tendencies 

Bulimia is not something that should go untreated. It can be so very damaging to the mind and body. If you are struggling with Bulimia, please reach out for help to receive treatment for eating disorders. Recovery is hard, but it is possible. 

Treatment for Bulimia 

There are many options when it comes to treating Bulimia. Some of those include inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation at a treatment center, medications, counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, nutritional therapy, partial hospitalization,  outpatient therapy, family therapy, self-care, and support groups. If you or a loved one has Bulimia, talk to a mental health professional and see what treatment option is best for you. 

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