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Bulimia Nervosa 

Feeling out of control with your weight, relationship with food, and behaviors can be debilitating for any individual. Stephanie Konter Counseling can offer individuals with hope, and healing that can lead to recovery. With support a mindset of body positivity, self-love and self-worth is possible and in reach. 

Symptoms

Individuals that suffer from Bulimia Nervosa ingestion of large amount of food in short time period to the point of emotional and physical discomfort, followed by an attempt to avoid gaining weight by purging what was consumed.

Purging methods include forced vomiting, excessive use of laxatives or diuretics, and extreme or prolonged periods of exercising.  Often, in these binge/purge episodes, a woman or man suffering from this disorder will experience a loss of control and engage in frantic efforts to undo these feelings. These feelings often include; anger, self-loathing, shame, guilt, sadness, withdrawal, and anxiety.  


Common Causes

  • Stressful transitions or life changes

  • History of abuse or trauma

  • Negative Body Images

  • Poor self-esteem

  • Professions or activities that focus on appearance/performance

Often times Disordered Eating changes the way it shows up in a persons life, and individuals can go from phases of their behavior being relatively un-impactful to debilitating. This is normal, and reaching out for help at any stage can lead to long term recovery and an elimination of these types of patterns. 


Treatment

 To foster healthier eating habits, and relationship with an individuals body evidenced based treatment is utilized to support recovery. A multifaceted approach to treating bulimia includes Yoga as Therapy, Wellness Coaching, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Goals would be to focus on: 

  • Discontinuing the binge-purge cycle: The initial phase of treatment for bulimia nervosa involves breaking this harmful cycle and restoring normal eating behaviors.

  • Improving negative thoughts: The next phase of bulimia treatment concentrates on recognizing and changing irrational beliefs about weight, body shape, and dieting.

  • Resolving emotional issues: The final phase of bulimia treatment focuses on healing from emotional issues that may have caused the eating disorder. Treatment may address interpersonal relationships and can include cognitive behavior therapy, dialectic behavior therapy, and other related therapies.

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