Bulimia Treatment in North Conway, NH :

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is differentiated from anorexia nervosa by the emphasis on binging and purging behaviors without severe weight loss. An unhealthy preoccupation with food, weight and shape is present in bulimia nervosa. Individuals with bulimia nervosa are more likely to exhibit intense mood dysregulation, substance abuse, self-harm behaviors, suicidal thoughts and behaviors as well as depression and anxiety. Both males and females can develop bulimia nervosa. Medical complications can occur from chronic binging and purging, especially if laxatives or diuretics are used to purge. Purging can cause significant dental problems as well. Many individuals with bulimia nervosa have a history of anorexia nervosa. Psychotherapy, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy – Enhanced (CBT-E) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) are used to treat bulimia nervosa. Treatment should always include medical monitoring and a thorough medical evaluation should take place initially to rule out underlying medical conditions. A referral to a nutritionist may be needed to assist with nutrition evaluation, education and meal planning. A thorough psychiatric evaluation should also be completed to rule out other psychiatric disorders. Medications may be used to treat specific symptoms such as depression and anxiety. Due to the complicated nature of the illness, individuals may need to be treated in an inpatient or residential setting for a period of time if outpatient treatment is unsuccessful.

If you or a loved one is suffering from bulimia nervosa and are interested in treatment, please contact us today to schedule your initial consultation appointment.