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Prognosis and Treatment of Bulimia

Eating disorders can be treated and a healthy weight restored. The sooner these disorders are diagnosed and treated, the better the outcomes are likely to be. Because of their complexity, eating disorders require a comprehensive treatment plan involving medical care and monitoring, psychosocial interventions, nutritional counseling and, when appropriate, medication management. At the time of diagnosis, the clinician must determine whether the person is in immediate danger and requires hospitalization.

The primary goal of treatment for bulimia is to reduce or eliminate binge eating and purging behavior. To this end, nutritional rehabilitation, psychosocial intervention, and medication management strategies are often employed. Establishment of a pattern of regular, non-binge meals, improvement of attitudes related to the eating disorder, encouragement of healthy but not excessive exercise, and resolution of co-occurring conditions such as mood or anxiety disorders are among the specific aims of these strategies. Individual psychotherapy (especially cognitive-behavioral or interpersonal psychotherapy), group psychotherapy that uses a cognitive-behavioral approach, and family or marital therapy have been reported to be effective. The treatment goals and strategies for binge-eating disorder are similar.

Therapy is an important part of any treatment plan. It might be alone, with family members, or in a group. Because mood disorders frequently co-occur with bulimia, medicines or neurofeedback can be helpful in the treatment of people with bulimia. However, both treatment modalities work better when done in conjunction with talk therapy.

People with eating disorders often do not recognize or admit that they are ill. As a result, they may strongly resist getting and staying in treatment. Family members or other trusted individuals can be helpful in ensuring that the person with an eating disorder receives needed care and rehabilitation. For some people, treatment may be long term.

The chances of getting better are greatest when bulimia is found out and treated early.

Other Useful links about Bulimia

  • What happens to your body with Bulimia?
    • Read about what happens to your body with Bulimia. See what happens with such things as hair, your muscles and joints, skin, hormones, and intestines with bulimia.
  • Who becomes Bulimic?
    • An estimated 1.1 percent to 4.2 percent of females have bulimia nervosa in their lifetime. Read more about.who becomes bulimic.
  • What causes Bulimia?
    • There is no single known cause of bulimia. Some causes of bulimia include, culture, family, psychology and stressful life events or changes.
  • What are the signs of Bulimia
    • A person with bulimia may be thin, overweight, or normal weight. This makes it hard to know if someone has bulimia. But there are warning signs of bulimia to look out for.
  • What should I do if I think someone I know has Bulimia?
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