Bulimia Specialist

Mindful Urgent Care

Psychiatrists located in West Hempstead, NY & Midtown, New York, NY

Bulimia sufferers binge and purge, making themselves both physically and emotionally ill. The experienced psychiatry care team at Mindful Urgent Care in West Hempstead, Midtown, and the Financial District in New York understands that bulimia isn’t something you can cope with on your own. The compassionate and supportive team is here to help you understand the disease and yourself better so you can have a healthy and happy recovery. Call for help now, or book an appointment using the online scheduler anytime.

Bulimia Q & A

 

What is bulimia?

Bulimia, medically known as bulimia nervosa, is a severe and possibly deadly eating disorder. Bulimia sufferers binge on big quantities of food and then purge it through vomiting or other methods.

If you suffer from bulimia, you struggle with your self-image and always worry about your weight and appearance. While bulimia sufferers don't necessarily drop extreme amounts of weight like anorexia sufferers do, bulimia is still a very damaging and serious disorder.

What are the symptoms of bulimia?

There are several symptoms to watch for, including:

  • Preoccupation with weight, dieting, or eating
  • Fear of weight gain
  • Repeated instances of large food binges
  • Feeling like you can't control your eating during binges
  • Purging, such as vomiting, after binges
  • Starving or eating as little as possible after and between binges

Most bulimia sufferers try to conceal the signs of their binge/purge behavior from others, so if a family member or loved one has bulimia, it can be difficult to see these signs.

If I don't throw up after binging, could I still have bulimia?

Yes. Bulimics don't always throw up. Although bulimia is often perceived as an eating and vomiting disorder, the purging can actually take many forms. This may include laxative use, diuretic use, excessive exercise, fasting after binges, or using weight-loss drugs to try to get the extra food out of your body.

What happens if bulimia isn’t treated?

If untreated, bulimia has serious health consequences. You can develop gastrointestinal problems, tooth enamel erosion, cavities, electrolyte imbalance, and other major health issues if you don’t recognize the problem and get help.

How is bulimia diagnosed?

Your Mindful Urgent Care provider performs an evaluation that uses diagnostic guidelines from the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The DSM-5 guidelines for a bulimia diagnosis say that bulimia behaviors must happen once a week minimum for three months or longer.

How is bulimia treated?

Bulimia treatment at Mindful Urgent Care is personalized according to your needs. In treatment, you'll learn tools to help you stop the binge/purge cycle, start normal eating habits, form a healthy body image, and regain your hope for the future. Your treatment may include individual therapy, group therapy, medication management, and nutritional counseling.

The Mindful Urgent Care team understands how challenging bulimia is, and they're here for you. Book your appointment online or by phone now.

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