Specialized Bulimia TreatmentCastlewood Treatment Center is one of the most effective and highly regarded bulimia residential treatment programs in the United States, with a nationally known clinical team. Bulimia nervosa, also called simply bulimia, is a serious eating disorder characterized by compulsive, secretive overeating or binge eating, followed by purging. Purging is achieved through vomiting, or other methods, to counteract the amount of calories eaten during the bingeing period. Bulimia nervosa isn’t merely an extreme way to control weight. Individuals with this complex eating disorder have underlying issues that support the binge eating and purging cycles. Treatment for bulimia nervosa isn’t about dieting or weight control, it is understanding why these behaviors developed and now persist.
Understanding Bulimia and Bulimia TreatmentAfter a binge eating episode, bulimics experience episodes of deep depression and guilt. These emotions force them to compensate for their bingeing by going on crash diets, working out excessively, overusing diuretics and laxatives, and other extreme measures. Some individuals may eat normal amounts of food with no bingeing behaviors, but still purge. This cycle of bingeing and purging, or simply purging, can quickly become an obsession. Much like an addiction, without bulimia treatment a person can lose control over eating behaviors and be unable to stop the damaging eating cycle. Eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa and anorexia are psychological illnesses. Bulimia isn’t an out-of-control diet. It is a way to cope with feelings or situations, even though this may not be recognized by the person who is binge eating and purging. Serious physical problems can develop if treatment for bulimia nervosa isn’t obtained, such as damage to the esophagus and intestines, severe dehydration, and dangerous changes in the body’s electrolyte balance.
Signs & Symptoms that Indicate Treatment for Bulimia Nervosa is NecessaryBy recognizing the signs and symptoms of this serious eating disorder, bulimia treatment can be started earlier. While not all individuals have the same behaviors, some of the most common seen in bulimia nervosa include:
- Unrestrained eating that may even cause pain
- Rapidly gaining and losing weight
- Evidence of vomiting or laxative use
- Frequent and intensive periods of exercise
- Hidden food wrappers or hidden food
- Chewing and spitting in an attempt to control weight
- Obsessive thinking and talking about body weight, shape, size, or appearance
- Obsessive thinking and talking about food and food-related activities
- Body dissatisfaction, body image distortion
- Loss of interest in activities and relationships that were previously enjoyed
- Fear of eating in social places or in front of others
- Increased isolation and depressive symptoms
- Relentless pursuit of thinness
- Rituals around body checking, exercise, or food.
- Taking in large amounts of fluid or restricting fluid intake
- Use or abuse of diet pills, herbal supplements, or teas