- Do you find yourself eating large amounts of food in a short period of time?
- Do you feel a loss of control over your eating?
- Do you find yourself trying to compensate for the food you eat by exercising excessively, fasting, vomiting, or using laxatives, diuretics, or diet pills?
- Do you find that your shape and weight largely influence how you feel about yourself?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you may be suffering from bulimia nervosa.
Bulimia nervosa can impact your physical and mental health. Some of the medical complications of bulimia are listed below:
- Tearing of the lining of the esophagus, ruptures, bleeding of esophagus lining
- Colon damage (due to laxative use)
- Ulcers, acid reflux, constipation, irregular bowel movements, digestive problems
- Dehydration and electrolyte imbalances can lead to heart irregularities or heart failure
- Erosion of tooth enamel
Using evidence-based treatment, clients will self-monitor their food intake, regulate eating patterns, and address feared foods, interpersonal problems, and body image concerns. Clients will gain a better understanding of what their personal triggers are for binge eating and purging and develop skills to eliminate or manage emotional distress around triggers.