How can I stop overeating and overcome bulimia?
Asked by freakyblonde88 on Feb 15, 2009 in Eating Disorders



I've been bulimic for two years. I feel the damage it has on my body and I desperately want it to end. So I've started counting calories, but some days I find myself binging, and when I go even a little over, I know in my mind that I'll have the urge/desire to purge. Since I hate purging, I'll overindulge and eat even more, knowing that it'll be purged.  I "let" my body have those treats.  How can I stop? I hate feeling sick, bloated and overeating, and I also hate purging.  I just want to return to a "healthy" mindset and life.


Answer

 Bulimia nervosa is not about food and eating. It is about shame, guilt, self-loathing and the stress of living in that awful state. For the majority of sufferers, bulimia does not resolve without psychological treatment.  Counseling addresses the emotions and thoughts underlying the binge-purge behavior.  It also helps with developing new processes to deal stress, anxiety, and unfamiliar feelings that come with recovery.  Medications are almost always a part of bulimia treatment.  Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) have been shown to be effective in reducing episodes of binging and purging.  Read about finding a mental health therapist at About.com.


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