What is Bulimia Nervosa?
Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder, where an individual eats a large amount of food in a short time, followed by an attempt to prevent weight gain where they try to counteract the effects of the binge through vomiting, using laxatives, exercising to excess or going on crash diets. Regular episodes of compulsive overeating typically result in a feeling of losing control, guilt, and shame.
After a binge, the individual usually panics about possible weight gain leading them to purge the food or engage in excessive exercise to counteract the binge eating episode and regain control. This cycle of binging and purging is the main characteristic of bulimia nervosa. The exact development of the condition varies from person to person, although factors of low self-esteem, negative body image, stress and emotional problems are common.
Psychologists at The Mental Health Company can provide the necessary treatment for Bulimia Nervosa that focuses on breaking this binge and purge cycle and encourages a healthier approach to eating habits and food. Regardless of how you have been struggling, our experienced team will create a therapy program suited to you and resolve the root cause of bulimia. The treatment of choice is cognitive-behavioural therapy that will not only break the binge and purge cycle but also change your eating patterns and solve emotional issues. All of our Psychologists are fully qualified and hold a current membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland.
How We Can Help
Cognitive Behavior Therapy:
Cognitive behavioural therapy is the one of the many approaches used by our psychologists in the treatment of bulimia, which aims to alter the negative thought processes associated with the condition and encourage the acquisition of new more realistic and healthy beliefs about body shape, weight and food.
Through behavioural interventions the psychologist will aim to move the patient away from the associated unhealthy eating behaviour and promote a positive and healthy approach to diet and lifestyle.
Treatment will also involve an in-depth understanding of how early development may be impacting on the development of the condition. Clarity about any underlying family issues may be helpful to encourage the client to move away from bulimia.
Find out more about cognitive behaviour therapy here.