Bulimia

Also known as: Bulimia nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is a life-threatening disorder that can afflict males and females who are of normal weight, underweight or overweight. People who struggle with bulimia experience episodes of eating very large amounts of food and feel out of control while eating. In the purging type of bulimia, they attempt to purge the food by vomiting or using laxatives or diuretics. In the non-purging type of bulimia, the binge-eating episode is followed by excessive exercise or fasting for intervals of time.

For more than 25 years, the Providence Eating Disorders Treatment Program has helped patients recover from anorexia, bulimia and atypical eating disorders. Our treatment process begins with a thorough clinical assessment to address current and past eating practices and the physical and emotional consequences of these practices. This includes the evaluation of symptoms, such as depression, anxiety and substance use, as well as lifestyle factors, such as social support from family and friends. As patients approach or re-approach treatment, their readiness and the timing of treatment are also considered.  Recovery is a process that requires persistence, courage and effective treatment resources.