Bulimia Nervosa

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Bulimia Nervosa

Recurrent and frequent episodes of eating usually large amounts of food (binging) and feeling a lack of control over these episodes.  The binge eating is followed by a behavior that compensates for the overeating such as forced vomiting (purging), excessive exercise, fasting or a combination of both these behaviors, use of laxatives and diuretics.

It is a mental illness where people feel they have lost control over their eating and evaluate themselves according to their body shape and weight.  Affected ages are mostly from 14-60 years of age, more frequent in females and leads to difficulties in relationships and social situations.

Bulimia Symptoms

Behavioral Symptoms:

Binge eating, compulsive behavior, self-harm, impulsivity, vomiting after eating (purging), lack of restraint, complains about being fat, avoids eating in public, has a distorted view on body image

Whole Body Symptoms:

Chronic dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, too low or too high levels of sodium, calcium, potassium and other minerals which can lead to stroke or death, Broken blood vessels in the eye, fatigue and higher food aversion.

Mood Symptoms:

Anxiety, general discontent, guilt, mood swings, secretive, loneliness, and shame.

GI:      

Constipation, heartburn, inflamed esophagus, chronic inflamed throat, hoarsened vocal cords, intestinal distress and irritation from laxative abuse, acid reflux (GERD).

Mouth Symptoms:      

Bad breath, dental caries, enamel root erosion, sensitive teeth, gum pain dry mouth, decrease in saliva production (hypo salivation), swollen parotid salivary gland, problems swallowing, jaw misalignment abnormalities, pallatal hemorrhages, taste abnormalities and cavities

Weight Symptoms:     

Body weight changes or weight lowers

Menstrual:  

Absence of menstruation or irregular, possible infertility

Other:       

Experience depression, poor self-esteem, constant weight fluctuation, disappearance of large amounts of food, frequent use of bathroom after meals

Physical Symptoms:       

Scars and sores or calluses on knuckle or hands from inducing vomiting, frequent use of bathroom after meals.

Bulimia Treatment

Bulimia treatment consists of anti-depressants and therapy

  • Counseling
  • Medication
  • Dental work
  • Nutritional education

Therapies:

  • Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)
  • Electrical behavior therapy
  • Psychotherapy, support group
  • Family therapy, psychoeducation

Medication:

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI)
  • Anti depressants

Self care:

  • Physical exercise

Specialist:

  • Dentists
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Nutritionist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Primary care doctor

Eating disorder treatment centers (in house)

Dental treatment

References:

www.eatingdisorderhope.com/information/bulemia

www.webmd.com/eatingdisorders

www.centerforchange.com

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2018-06-12T15:50:19-07:00

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