bulimia treatment and eating disorders

Bulimia Treatment for Women

Bulimia Treatment for Women

Bulimia is estimated to affect nearly two percent of women in their late teens and 20s. Most women dealing with bulimia appear to be neither underweight or overweight, although they may go to great lengths to conceal or deny an abnormal height/weight proportion. Unlike women with anorexia, who do not eat enough food, or those with binge eating disorder, who eat too much food, bulimic women usually eat normal amounts of food but vomit the food up afterwards. Self-induced vomiting techniques include pushing several fingers down the throat to initiate the gag reflex and using diuretics or laxatives to enhance the weight loss effects of vomiting.

Other signs someone may be bulimic include:

  • Frequently visiting the bathroom after eating
  • Smelling of vomit after visiting the bathroom
  • Engaging in vigorous exercise activities, regardless of the weather or being ill or injured
  • Calluses or scaly redness on the knuckles or back of the hands due to self-induced vomiting
  • Any other behaviors that indicate an obsession with dieting, food control and weight loss/maintaining weight

Unless treated promptly by eating disorder therapists, bulimia can lead to heart failure, esophageal rupture, permanent tooth discoloration or severe oral disease.

Bulimia Treatment for Women

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychotherapy are essential aspects of treating bulimia as well as all eating disorders. Our individual counseling program focuses on discovering why patients have arrived at a point where bulimic behaviors are consuming their lives. By learning how to use adaptive coping skills to manage emotions and situations that trigger bulimic behaviors, patients ultimately discover the psychological freedom that comes from resolving past hurts and inner conflicts preventing them from moving forward in their lives.

Eating disorder therapists employ cognitive behavioral therapy to help patients find out why they suffer from bulimia. CBT is both problem-focused and goal-oriented, encouraging patients to examine old thinking patterns and the consequences of believing those thinking patterns. With CBT, patients learn how to recognize, stop and correct distorted ways of thinking about people, events and situations that have caused them emotional or physical trauma.

Eating disorder patients may participate in group therapy sessions that promote development of social and interpersonal skills. Patients participating in individual and group therapy also have the opportunity to discuss their experiences and thoughts with their counselor about what occurs during group sessions. This further enhances the therapeutic process of individual counseling for treatment of bulimia.

Learn More About Women’s Bulimia Treatment Programs

Gently but firmly helping patients identify and challenge aspects of their lives that have compelled them to turn to self-destructive actions characterizing bulimia is an important first step. Taking the time to establish therapeutic relationships with  patients and discussing past traumas and current fears with eating disorder therapists is a cathartic and supportive experience. We encourage you to seek help today if you or a loved one are suffering from Bullemia.