Bulimia nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder. It’s estimated that 4.7 million women and 1.5 million men are currently struggling with bulimia in the United States.
The disorder is characterized by a cycle of binge eating and then compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting or taking laxatives to combat the effects of eating. If you’re wondering ‘Am I bulimic?’ or if someone you care about it, these are the dominant signs of the disorder. However, many people struggling with bulimia are very skilled at hiding these overt signs. Because bulimia is both a mental health issue and physical health issue, it must be treated as such. At Heather Fisher Recovery Services, we offer comprehensive mental health treatment to help those struggling with this disorder.
Bulimia is a disorder acknowledged by the American Psychiatric Association. The criteria for the condition as written in the DSM-5 is the following:
Anyone exhibiting any of these symptoms should look for professional support like that offered through Heather Fisher REcovery Services. At the core, an eating disorder like bulimia can be traced back to stressors or triggers that cause psychological and emotional pain or distress. To treat the eating disorder, individuals need to be able to identify and address the underlying mental health issues prompting the condition.
Adapted from NCPG/SOGS and DSM-5
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Bulimia Nervosa is often present with emotional, behavioral, and physical symptoms. It can develop at any age, and its causes are influenced by a variety of factors.
Emotional and behavioral characteristics include:
Physical symptoms of bulimia may include:
The eating disorder can account for more than unhealthy weight loss. It is important to note that individuals struggling with bulimia may not be thin and could be overweight. Being active in eating disorder behaviors for an extended period can increase an individual’s risk for cancer, infertility, and kidney failure.