Bulimia is one of the most common eating disorders and psychological condition. Bulimia is general specially among young women of normal or nearly normal weight. People with bulimia experience episodes of bingeing and purging.
Bulimia is a serious, eventually life-threatening condition. Since it's so insinuately entwined with self-image — it's not just about food — bulimia can be difficult to overcome. Two subtypes of bulimia are prominent by the way the bulimic eases themselves of the binge.
Purging type embodies any of self-induced vomiting, laxatives, diuretics, tapeworms, enemas, or ipecac, to rapidly extricate the contents from their body. Non-purging type occurs in only approximately 6%-8% of bulimia cases.
It is a less effective means of disencumbering the body of such a large number of calories. People with bulimia may have psychological and emotional features which conduce to the disease. This disorder is characterized by periodic episodes of binge eating, occurring at least twice a month for a minimum of three months.
There are higher rates of eating disorders in groups involved in activities that emphasize thinness and body type, such as gymnastics, dance and cheerleading, figure skating. Bulimics are usually erected in dysfunctional families. Many also reveal alexithymia, the inability to consciously experience and express emotions. Anorexics and bulimics have an overpowering perception of self determined by their body and their consciousness of it.
People with bulimia usually require several types of treatment. Treatment is generally done using a team technique which includes medical providers, mental health professionals and dietitians, all with knowledge in eating disorders. Several residential remedies centers provide long term support, counseling, and symptom interruption.
The most popular form of treatment involves therapy, often group psychotherapy or cognitive behavioral therapy. Anti-psychotics are used in smaller doses than for treating schizophrenia. Group therapy is specially effective for college-aged and young adult women due to the experiance of the group members.