Bulimia is rooted in compulsive habits revolving around the desire to be thin. If your eating habits follow a binging and purging cycle, you should seek therapy immediately, as Bulimia is a severely life-threatening eating disorder.
What is Bulimia?
Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder that consists of binging and purging, meaning eating a large amount of food in a short span of time and then purging in order to avoid weight gain. Common purging methods include: induced vomiting, laxatives, or excessive exercising. The causes of Bulimia can be categorized as biological, psychological, or environmental. Bulimic behaviour typically stems from other mental health issues, traumatic life events, the desire to assert control, or the crave for weight loss due to low self-esteem or a distorted body image.
What are the symptoms of Bulimia?
Bulimia can result in adverse behavioural, mental, and physical effects. The following are a variety of symptoms and effects of bulimic behaviour:
– Binge eating and purging
– Excessive exercise
– Mood swings
– Poor dental health
– Irregular menstruation
– Weight loss
– Sore throat
– Low self-esteem
– Social isolation
Bulimia is also often tied to mental illnesses. The following conditions are commonly associated with bulimic tendencies:
– Body Dysmorphia
– Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
– Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
– Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
– Bipolar Affective Disorder
– Self Harm
How can therapy help?
The binging and purging cycle can be very difficult to break on your own. Your therapist will provide you with the tools to ending this vicious cycle, which will greatly improve your mental and physical health. In addition to mending your relationship with food, your therapist will work on mending your interpersonal relationships, as well as your relationship with yourself. They will also explore the root of your eating disorder, which is most likely related to body image issues or other mental health problems, and will work with you to resolve some of those internal struggles. Altering your thought processes surrounding these issues will allow you to live a healthier and happier life.
Types of therapy offered for Bulimia at The Blue Tree Clinic?
In addition to meeting with our Nutritionist, Charlotte Turner, there are several types of therapy offered at The Blue Tree Clinic to treat Bulimia:
– Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
– Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
– Family therapy
– Group therapy
How can The Blue Tree Clinic help you?
Between our talented Nutritionist and Psychotherapists, you will be in good hands at The Blue Tree Clinic. We know that eating disorders can be an extremely sensitive topic so we take a non-judgemental, caring and sensitive approach to ensure you feel comfortable with us. Your therapist will tailor the therapy to ensure you gain the most out of it, which may be from one therapy type of a combination of different types of therapy. The therapist will investigate what triggers your Bulimia, as well as helping you to develop new ways of thinking about your body. Your therapist will work in conjunction with you to help you via the use of tools and techniques which can then be applied into everyday life. Your therapist will also help you to try and prevent relapse from occurring and if so what to do to ensure it can be controlled. It is critical that you come in to therapy if you are suffering from Bulimia because your health, relationships, and life are at risk.
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