Bulimia Nervosa, or simply Bulimia is a common eating disorder which is characterised by the over-consumption and then purge of food. Bulimia is a common however still dangerous disorder which can result in countless long-term health issues. If you believe to be suffering from bulimia it is essential that you confide in someone you trust to discuss this and seek help. There are a wide variety of professional bodies as well as non-profit organisations who are here and care about you, so please do not suffer alone- for more information please see Available Support, Help and Treatment Below.
As stated above, bulimia is characterised by eating a large volume of food in a short period of time and then attempting to purge this. To purge this a variety of methods are commonly used including force-regurgitation, laxatives, excessive exercise, starvation, or a mixture of these in order to reverse the weight-associated element of the consumption.
Bulimia is both a eating disorder and a mental health issue which is diagnosed and treated on a daily basis, although there is a certain stigma attached to it in mainstream media, there are countless professional bodies and people who are here to help you overcome this, who will treat you with discretion, curtesy, dignity, love and support so please seek help if you are going through this.
There are many symptoms that come with having bulimia, including the following:
- Episodes of binge eating
- Self-induced vomiting
- Misuse of laxatives and diuretics
- Body image disturbance
- Feelings of guilt or shame about eating
- Depression and irritability
- Withdrawal from family and friends after meals
- Scars on knuckles or hands
- Extremity Weakness
- Electrolyte Imbalance
- Sore and Irritated Throat
- Swollen parotid glands
- Dental erosions
Available Support, Help and Treatment
If you or a loved one is currently living with of experiencing many of the symptoms of bulimia, it may be time to seek help. Newbridge Health offer a bulimia outpatient service that involves the patient coming to see a psychologist every week to follow a programme of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).