Bulimia is a potentially serious condition. Read on to learn more about bulimia, its effects, and how to get help.
What is bulimia?
Bulimia Nervosa is a type of eating disorder defined by episodes of binge eating and purging behaviors. Binge eating episodes may take many forms, but always include a sense of losing control over eating. Purging behaviors may include vomiting, over-exercising, laxative, or diuretic use. The negative body image and the strict dieting behaviors that follow are core aspects of Bulimia. Poor self esteem, perfectionism, and low mood, among other things, may also contribute to the disorder.
Treatment with CBT
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Bulimia Nervosa uses both behavioral and cognitive techniques to regulate eating behavior, to reduce binge/ purge episodes, and to help improve poor body image. Some components of the treatment include self-monitoring of eating behavior, establishing a regular pattern of eating, creating alternatives to binge eating and purging, problem solving, creating different thought patterns around food and eating, and altering behaviors and thoughts known to increase negative body image.