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4 Best Options For Bulimia Treatment

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28 March, 2012

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bulimia treatmentBulimia is a typical eating disorder problem in which a person feel compelled to overeat or binge and then purge the food in any way before the body can digest. In an effort to stop their body from gaining weight, they would either vomit or take enemas, laxatives or ingest diuretics to evacuate their bowel.

This disorder is often very difficult to identify as most bulimics have normal weight and otherwise behave normally. But this eating disorder can cause several health issues like intestinal disorder, stomach problems, dental damage and even drug and alcohol problem. There can be chemical imbalance in the body due to the act of repeated vomiting and this can lead the bulimic to mood swing or isolation.

Treatment of bulimia can be challenging as a bulimic may have underlying psychological problems like anxiety, depression or obsessive compulsive disorder. The effective treatment should identify its deep psychological context and address the underlying mental and emotional health issues – the issues that may have roots in the patient’s childhood self-image and self-perception.

There is no one-size-fits-all treatment plan for bulimia. Various approaches are used in combination or separately, depending on the patient’s individual needs and diagnosis. Many of the treatment options described below aim at helping the patient break his / her unhealthy pattern of eating and bring them out of their negative self-image that impacts their eating behavior.

While there are many different approaches in treating bulimia, a psychological examination is the initial part of this treatment.

4 Best Options for Bulimia Treatment


Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on helping bulimic identify his/ her thought pattern and attitudes that trigger the person’s eating disorder. Changing their irrational thought, the therapy helps restore a healthy eating pattern.

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Cognitive-behavioral therapy which is administered individually and sometimes in groups eliminates the habits of binge eating, purging as well as other psychological behavior associated with it and is considered to be the best treatment option for bulimia.

Family Therapy

Another very effective psychotherapy is family therapy. Family can offer maximum support in overcoming this eating disorder. They can help the bulimic to admit the problem and seek treatment. Family therapy is usually conducted by professionals with the person suffering from bulimia and his/her family.

However some family therapies are conducted with only family members without the victim of bulimia to make them understand what role they can play to support the person from getting out of this eating disorder.


Several medications which are approved for obsessive compulsive disorder and depression are often prescribed to overcome the symptoms of bulimia, but only fluoxetine is the drug approved by FDA to treat bulimia nervosa.

This medication has been found successful in reducing the number of binging and desire to vomit. Other anti-depressants may help the bulimic to feel less obsessed with food and less depressed.

Residential Treatment Facilities for Bulimia

There are treatment centers in USA and other countries where you can get all the above treatment options and services in the same place. They are known as residential treatment centers.

These treatment centers usually have specialists from different medical professions like psychologists, nutritionists, physiotherapists, meditation and relaxation professionals, fitness expert and general physician who help the person to learn necessary skills in a very relaxed setting to overcome their problem and put them into daily practice.

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