Treating Bulimia Nervosa with Psychological Counselling & Medications

by Ellern Mede Eating Disorder Treatment

Bulimia nervosa is a dangerous eating disorder where the individual goes through cycles of binging and purging. Bulimics typically have low self-esteem and distorted views of their body image. In an effort to lose weight, they’ll put themselves on a severely restricted diet and then find themselves with an uncontrollable compulsion to eat what they have been denying themselves. They will then "binge" on these "forbidden" foods eating them in very large quantities and become overwhelmed with feelings of guilt, shame and a sense of failure for not having stuck to their diet. Due to these feelings and their extreme fear of gaining weight, they’ll then try to "compensate" for the high-caloric intake by purging using various methods such as self-induced vomiting or laxatives.

If you’re suffering from bulimia nervosa, you must know about the dangers of this eating disorder and treatment options available to you. The cycles of binging and purging are extremely detrimental to the body and can cause irreversible damage or even death. Fortunately, this eating disorder is a very treatable condition and these cycles can be broken with the proper medical treatment.


The most common form of psychological counselling used in the bulimia nervosa treatment is "cognitive-behavioural therapy." This typically includes education in the form of nutritional counselling which gives the individual the skills needed to change their thoughts and behaviours regarding food as well as how to maintain a proper diet by eating three healthy meals per day along with two healthy snacks. Counselling is also given to help the individual overcome his/her concerns in regards to their body image as well as to understand their emotions and how to avoid the triggers which cause their symptoms of bulimia along with developing a plan to prevent relapsing in the future. In some cases, anti-depressant medications will be given to alleviate the symptoms of depression which is very common among individuals with an eating disorder.

When receiving the proper treatment for bulimia, it’s possible to overcome this disorder as just about every individual diagnosed with bulimia experience a full recovery with no recurring symptoms.

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