Bulimia Nervosa is characterised by recurrent episodes of binge-eating, followed by compensatory behaviours such as purging or over-exercising. These binge episodes are associated with a sense of loss of control and afterwards feelings of guilt or shame, hence leading to compensatory behaviour. Sufferers of bulimia place excessive importance on body shape and weight; leading to self-esteem being directly affected by the way they look.
Binge eating involves eating an extremely large amount of food in a relatively short time accompanied by a sense of no control or ability to stop.
Compensatory behaviours are ways of trying to regulate body weight after experiencing guilt or shame from binging. This can be done by:
Bulimia Nervosa has physical and psychological symptoms ranging from:
More extreme sufferers may also experience self harm, substance abuse and suicidal ideations. Some typical behaviour someone with Bulimia Nervosa may do include:
Treatment for Bulimia includes a range of different psychotherapies all of which are effective in helping sufferers. Treatments include:
Antidepressants must also be paired with the therapy.
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