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Bulimia nervosa is a potentially life-threatening eating disorder. People with this condition frequently consume large quantities of food, followed by taking steps to avoid weight gain. Most commonly this means vomiting, but it can also mean excessive exercising or fasting. People experiencing bulimia nervosa are often able to maintain a fairly normal weight, which can make it easier to hide the disorder or convince themselves that they don’t have a problem.
Bulimia nervosa is a mental condition with physical side effects. Even when a person realizes they have a problem, it is extremely difficult to quit the behavior. This is why professional treatment is critical. At Tapestry, we fight eating disorders at their root. Research shows that people dealing with bulimia nervosa are often trying to find relief from mental anguish and stress. We believe that these issues have neurological, physiological, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual implications – and our holistic care model aims to tackle all of these areas.
You can start the path to recovery today. Call (844) 299-1343 for a confidential consultation at Tapestry in Asheville. We serve the western North Carolina area.
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A person has to decide that are ready to recognize and address their problem before treatment can begin. This is one of the hardest steps, but it will lead to a rewarding journey of self-discovery.
Do I have bulimia nervosa? Self-assessment checklist:
- Do you frequently worry about your weight or appearance?
- Does the thought of gaining weight cause distress?
- Do you compulsively eat large amounts of food in one sitting?
- Do you end these binge eating sessions with compensating behaviors, such as purging, fasting, or exercising?
- Do you use laxatives, diuretics, or enemas on a regular basis?
- Do you use dietary supplements or herbal products in an attempt to control your weight?
If these patterns sound familiar, you should speak with a medical professional. Remember to be honest with yourself and any medical professionals you speak to. There is nothing to be ashamed of – you can get through this.
How is Bulimia Nervosa Treated?
Like most eating disorders, bulimia nervosa is treated using a combination of therapies and medications. Treatment will vary from person to person based on their unique needs and circumstances. At Tapestry, we help patients understand the intellectual factors behind their disorder before delving into the emotional aspects. This means educating people about the driving factors behind eating disorders so that have the tools they need to identify and address unhealthy patterns.
Treatment for bulimia may involve:
- Pharmacological therapy to help reduce the symptoms of bulimia
- Cognitive behavioral therapy to help you normalize your eating patterns and replace negative beliefs and behaviors with positive ones
- Family-based treatment to help parents and other immediate family members intervene and stop your unhealthy patterns, allowing you to regain control over your eating habits
- Interpersonal psychotherapy to address difficulties in close relationships, allowing you to improve your communication skills
Our team will be beside you every step of the way, but we will also empower you to manage your own meals and behaviors so that you can maintain positive results at home.