Bulimia can devastate a patient’s physical and mental health, and ruin relationships with the people they love. bingeing and purging can damage the whole digestive system, and patients can develop electrolyte and chemical imbalances that affect the organs, particularly the heart. When severe, they can suffer heart failure. Patients run the risk of rupturing their esophagus, and the acid from their stomach can cause horrible staining and decay on teeth, and unhealthy, receding gums. Often dentists are the first ones to see evidence of this problem.
People suffering with bulimia usually feel guilty and ashamed, and they want to stop the binge and purge cycle – but they don’t know how. EDCare offers an effective, evidence-based treatment approach that has helped many patients find long-term success with recovery from bulimia. We help patients improve their well-being and reclaim their life. Our unique treatment method focuses on regaining health through Connection, Acceptance, Mindfulness, a Sense of Self, and Action – the foundations of true empowerment.
Symptoms of Bulimia
Bulimia is an eating disorder where people go through cycles of bingeing and then compensating through self-induced vomiting, abusing laxatives, exercising to the extreme, etc. It is very serious, and can often become life threatening. The earlier patients get treatment for bulimia, the better their chances are for recovery.
People with bulimia may be within a normal weight range, so it can be hard to know if the person is struggling. Bulimia symptoms can include:
- Frequent episodes of eating large amounts of food, followed by behaviors to prevent weight gain
- A feeling of being out of control during the binge-eating episodes
- Self-esteem is unduly influenced by body shape and weight
Recovery from bulimia takes time and effort. Bulimia patients receive ongoing support from EDCare and stay connected to their treatment team through our comprehensive Outpatient Treatment Program. We are here to support their long-term successful recovery.