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Dale Conlon | one40

Ways of Treating Bulimia

Feb 20th 2014 at 8:54 PM

Bulimia is a vicious cycle. It is one of the most difficult eating disorders to recover from, especially when you have been successful in concealing your binge and purge cycle for a very long time. Not only does bulimia take a toll on your physical health—it also affects your emotional well-being, making it an even harder cycle to break.

Admitting the problem and agreeing to go into treatment can help you reclaim your health, repair relationships, and overcome feelings of guilt, shame, and anxiety that often come with the disease. While it may be long, challenging process, recovery from bulimia is possible with the help and support of the people you trust.

Bulimia treatment at One40 begins with psychological programs that aim to help you re-assess and later on re-establish healthy attitudes towards food and eating. It is important to understand and explore the different underlying issues that contribute to a person's eating disorder so that they can be changed for the better. Here are other treatment approaches that your doctor or counsellor might suggest:

  • Psychological Treatments –These treatments may include cognitive behavioural therapies, and interpersonal therapies that aim to assess your emotions, attitudes, and behaviours towards situations, people, and relationships.

At One40 we work with clients struggling with eating disorders through non-cognitive gateway therapies, when words are too difficult to find and the negative thoughts and feelings of self are too painful to voice we will work with each individual through interventions such as, Art therapy, Psychodrama, Equine assisted therapy and meditation and relaxation.                                                                  

  • Medication – Doctors may also prescribe certain types of medications to help battle your physical and psychological difficulties. Antidepressants or SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are commonly used to help treat eating disorders, along with other closely related conditions like depression, OCD, social phobia, and anxiety. When taking these kinds of medications, monitoring is essential to make sure that your body is responding to the treatment well. Everyone responds differently to antidepressant medicines, which is why it is important to see your doctor regularly once you start taking them.

  • Hospitalization – In most cases, hospitalization is not required to treat bulimia. However, if the condition has already caused various and serious health complications that put your life at risk, it might be necessary for you to be admitted to a hospital (at least until your body has recovered from the damage that the binge and purge cycle has caused). Hospital treatment may also be necessary if you have the tendency to harm yourself or are having suicidal thoughts.

In order to achieve continuous recovery, you need to change your eating habits, modify your thoughts and attitude towards food, and safely gain weight when necessary. The longer you have been suffering from the disease, the harder it may be to re-learn and practice healthy eating habits, but this shouldn't keep you from getting help.

About the Author:-

This article is written by Dale Conlon, who is associated with One40. One40 is a culmination of all expertise, dedication, compassion, and experience they have gained over the years and enables them to offer clients comprehensive individually tailored addiction and disorder day treatment programmes in a tranquil, conducive environment.


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