One in five people who have an eating disorder like bulimia will eventually die from it. If you’re suffering from bulimia, intensive treatment like the eating disorder program at The Delray Center for Healing could very well save your life.
Bulimia nervosa, like most eating disorders, in an emotional disorder characterized by body image distortion and an obsession to lose weight. According to the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) roughly 1.5 million woman in America meet the diagnostic criteria for bulimia. In addition, there are over 150,000 males in the U.S. who meet the criteria for bulimia. People suffering from bulimia have recurrent episodes of binge-eating, followed by compensatory purging behaviors, such as self-induced vomiting, abusing laxatives, or restricting food consumption. Sufferers of bulimia often do not display the same outward physical appearances that other eating disorders like anorexia do, and those with bulimia can be within a normal weight range or even overweight. There are some signs and symptoms to look for however, such as: fluctuations in weight, swollen jaws or dental problems, skipping meals, hiding food, and rigid rituals surrounding eating. Eating disorders like bulimia are especially difficult to treat, because the sufferer often doesn’t see their disordered eating as a bad thing.
At our program for bulimia treatment in Delray Beach, clients receive individualized care from a team of medical and psychiatric professionals dedicated to helping you get better. Our eating disorder treatment team includes medical doctors, psychiatrists, clinical psychotherapists, nutritionists, and personal trainers who work in concert to treat the physical and mental issues associated with bulimia. In our bulimia treatment program, clients should expect counseling and psychotherapy specifically focused on body image and self-image, as well as processing the root issues which lead to disordered eating patterns. If clinically appropriate, clients may be prescribed medications as part of their treatment plan, under the supervision of one of our psychiatric doctors. Although there aren’t any medications that specifically treat bulimia, antidepressants and other psychotropic medications can help relieve the depression and anxiety that often accompany, and exacerbate, this devastating illness.
The professionals who work in our programs for bulimia treatment in Delray Beach understand that treating bulimia is about more than changing the way the patient eats. It’s also about helping the patient evolve a healthier worldview and self-image. Bulimia is often as much about fostering feelings of control and coping with negative feelings as it is about controlling body weight and self-image. Our program for bulimia treatment in Delray Beach can help you learn new ways to cope with stress and feel capable of managing yourself and your life.
Bulimia has a number of dangerous side effects, including dehydration, tooth decay, stomach rupture, heart damage and death. All potential treatment candidates must be assessed by a doctor to ensure they are appropriate for bulimia treatment on an outpatient basis. Once involved in treatment, the emphasis is on learning new coping skills and nurturing healthy patterns of thought and emotion. Eating disorders are notoriously difficult to treat and require long term clinical intervention along with constant monitoring and vigilance.
Since 2003, the Delray Center for Healing has provided exceptional psychiatric and therapeutic care for mental health, eating, and substance use disorders. To learn more about our philosophy and treatment approach, download our free e-book, “Psychiatry Redefined,” written by our founder and medical director, Raul J. Rodriguez, MD.