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Treatment of Bulimia Nervosa

Patients suffering from Bulimia are generally not as secretive about their symptoms as those with Anorexia. This makes it easier to identify the disease and also enables the patient to be more receptive to treatment. To stop the cycle of bingeing and purging, it’s important to seek professional help early, follow through with treatment, and resolve the underlying emotional issues that caused the bulimia in the first place.

The various therapies for the treatment of Bulimia include:

Behavior therapy
This line of treatment is based on providing positive support (sometimes even negative) to help the patient control the binge eating habit.

Individual psychotherapy
This therapy deals in trying to help the patient in overcoming relationship difficulties, in developing self-esteem and assertiveness, in streamlining social skills and pressure-coping strategies.

Group and family therapy
These therapy sessions are aimed at educating the patient, and the family about Bulimia and its treatment.

Drug therapy
Drugs are important additions to all other modes of therapy. They include Tricyclic antidepressants of which, Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most common.

Hospitalization
Patients do not generally require hospitalization as a cure for Bulimia unless they have extreme eating binges or the associated medical problems have become a serious health hazard or the patient starts to show suicidal tendencies.

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