What We Treat Bulimia Nervosa

Binge. Purge. Repeat.
Break the cycle.

Find Your Balance

Bulimia Nervosa occurs when the physical and mental sensations of fullness become intolerable. This intolerance feels so extreme that it often triggers the compulsion to purge. Bulimia causes a disassociation between the body and mind and ultimately chips away at self-esteem.

At Backcountry Wellness, we know that bulimia can be particularly complicated because patients with bulimia often look healthy and fit. Yet the underlying compulsion to achieve a state that is always “just out of reach” leads to a never-ending cycle of bingeing and purging.

An extensive body of research shows complications arising from bulimia. It can damage your skin, heart, teeth, digestive tract, reproductive system, and internal electrolyte balance.

The physical and emotional harm caused by bulimia is cumulative and progresses over time. This is why it is important to intervene and seek treatment.

Bulimia Nervosa: Signs and Symptoms

While secondary symptoms may overlap with anorexia and other eating disorders, the primary symptoms of bulimia nervosa include, but are not limited to:

  • Preoccupation with physical size, shape, and appearance
  • Negative body image
  • Binge eating: eating far more than usual in a very short period time
  • Purging: self-induced vomiting
  • Dental complications: damaged gums, sensitive teeth, cavities, erosion (caused by purging)
  • Cuts or calluses on the backs of hands/fingers (caused by purging)
  • Excessive exercise
  • Aversion to eating in public
  • Sudden changes in weight
  • Disappearing to the bathroom immediately after meals
  • Food restriction
  • Refusal to eat entire food groups, such as carbohydrates
  • Fear of being perceived as fat, overweight, or anything but perfect

The Integrated Treatment Model

Successful treatment for bulimia follows the integrated treatment model. Our clinicians design a customized treatment plan that addresses the biological, psychological, familial, temperamental and social aspects of a patient’s life. Treating one area without the others is counterproductive: this holistic approach works in a mutually reinforcing pattern to interrupt symptom use.

Overcoming the Challenge Together

The challenge with bulimia is finding a peaceful balance that allows for body acceptance.

We know you can do it, and we’ll do it together.

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