Bulimia Nervosa is a serious psychological disorder and that can lead to death. Bulimia is often difficult to detect in someone that you love because there is often a great deal of shame around the behavior and people suffering with Bulimia will go to great lengths to hide their disorder.
Many people who are suffering from Bulimia Nervosa want to stop purging, but the addictive nature of Bulimia often makes it difficult to do so. Often people suffering with Bulimia are fearful of gaining weight because they don’t know how to eat without purging. They are also unaware of how to deal with uncomfortable feelings such as anxiety, rejection, and sadness without resorting to purging. It is important to note that purging can include vomiting, laxative abuse, and/or excessive exercise.
The DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders: Fifth Edition) gives distinct criteria for Bulimia, however, please note that if you find yourself engaging in purging behavior, it is a problem. Many people with Bulimia are ashamed of seeking help, but please know that at Dr. Cynthia Edwards-Hawver and Associates, we do not judge, we are accepting, and we understand the complex nature of Bulimia Nervosa. Please know that there is help from caring professionals who want to help you end this vicious cycle and battle with food, once and for all.
Although we understand more about Bulimia today than ever before, the rates of Bulimia Nervosa continue to rise. There are many complex factors involved in this illness such as increasing pressure to be thin, eating because of underlying painful issues, addiction to the behavior, trauma, genetics, and many other possible causes. Please know that stopping purging is a very difficult thing to accomplish on your own and help is available when you are ready.
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If you live in Scranton or Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania and suffer from Bulimia end this cycle for yourself or for someone you love by calling today to take that first step towards getting your life back.
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