Deciding when to seek treatment is probably the hardest step in the recovery process. It requires you to realize that you need help and that you can’t beat your eating disorder alone. Seeking professional help is necessary because of the life-threatening status of eating disorders. When your eating disorder is in control, you lose the ability to think rationally and see the damaging effects it is having on your physical and mental health. A therapist can help you look at the situation logically and learn coping skills to deal with stress or poor self-esteem.
When deciding whether or not therapy is the right option for you, it is important to ask yourself these questions.
Continue reading “Knowing When To Seek Treatment” »
Seeking help for bulimia nervosa is a difficult thing to start, but is something that becomes absolutely necessary for several reasons. Bulimia is an eating disorder which can lead to life-threatening circumstances and health concerns. Eating disorders in general are extremely hard to recover from, but bulimia especially is difficult to handle alone and often requires professional help.
Here are a few steps to seeking treatment if you or someone you care about is struggling with bulimia nervosa.
Continue reading “How To Seek Treatment For Bulimia” »
As mentioned in previous posts, bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder and that it focuses on control. Essentially, it is about monitoring your food intake and weight carefully enough to binge-eat and then purge immediately after to avoid the effects of the food. Because of this, you are not in control. Your disorder is.
While therapy and treatment are both necessary to recovery, so is a support system. You can’t beat an eating disorder by yourself, which is why you have a therapist to give you the tools and coping strategies needed for recovery. However, you also need a support system outside of your treatment. Your friends and family can help give you strength and courage when you’re scared and want to give up.
Continue reading “How A Support System Can Help” »
Everyone struggles with something, whether it be stress, anxiety, depression, or other specific mental disorders. When you watch someone you care about struggle with something serious, like an eating disorder, it can be hard to decide how to act around them. It can be hard to act normal, especially when you’re worried that the situation has become life-threatening. While it’s important to treat the person like you usually would, it’s also important to recognize what they are going through and be honest with them about your concerns.
Continue reading “What To Do When Someone You Care About Has Bulimia” »
Eating disorders are some of the biggest compositions of mental health disorders today, but while these disorders were more popularly prevalent among women, much research has shown that the men of today are also affected. Although a majority of those with eating disorders, particularly bulimia nervosa, are women, one in ten are males and are equally struggling to find ways to free themselves from the dangers of this illness.
Continue reading “Bulimia – Men Get It Too” »
Everyone experience body image issues at some point in their lives. Teenagers and adolescents are extremely concerned with their physical appearance and at times, may carry on into their adulthood. It doesn’t help that media and society highly praise the perfect body. Females strive for a slimmer waist, bigger breasts, and thinner thighs. Males attempt to be bulk up their muscles. While it is perfectly fine to try to achieve the perfect body, there are some limitations and boundaries on what is a normal and safe way of trying to get this “model” body.
Continue reading “How To Surpass Bulimia” »
Have you experienced waking up one day not being able to wear your old clothes or not being able to zip up your jeans? Or going to a homecoming party and the first thing an old friend noticed was your obvious weight gain?
Individuals that are born in the digital age are called Millennials, and experts like psychologists and sociologists believe they have different outlooks, life perspectives, challenges, and problems. One of which is the pressure to maintain the “ideal weight” that every person is suggesting, predominantly the social media stream. It is a given fact that the power of suggestion is highly influential. With this in thought, the pressure to maintain or attain the “ideal weight” can lead to serious mental problems such as eating disorders. Sadly, it becomes a vicious cycle (for some) of weight loss obsession, binge eating, or overcoming addiction for food.
Continue reading “Understanding Bulimia In Teens” »
Introduction to Bulimia
The generation of today is clearly more focused on a lot of things – new technology, starting a business, fresh creations, and much more. The Millennials, as they are often called, are more involved with making a mark in this world we live in. Now that is a good thing. However, along with these positive traits and serious obligations that they carry is the notion that they must conform to what society sees as right and appropriate, including their self-image. This is one of the most popular reasons why there is roughly 3% of the population suffering from an eating disorder (and a mental illness) called bulimia nervosa, where people are described as having uncontrollable urges of eating too much, then immediately trying to get rid of what they have consumed by vomiting or taking too many laxatives or diuretics.
Despite the self-confidence and carefree attitude that teens and young adults of today are trying to portray, a large portion of them is struggling with this devastating eating disorder that in truth has potentially dangerous and life-threatening effects on their lives. This article discusses some of the serious problems that bulimia can cause to the different systems of our body.
Continue reading “The Dangers of Bulimia Nervosa” »
“I can’t really explain how I felt the first time I made myself throw up. I remember all of the details about it though. I threw up into a trash bag while I was alone in my room, right after I had finished eating a bag of popcorn. It felt wrong, difficult, but strangely satisfying. I had gotten to a point where I really didn’t care anymore. I just wanted to be thin, because to me, being thin meant that I would finally be happy.”
These are the words of a self-confessed bulimic who was practically living a superficially contented life just because she was thin. She would throw up profusely sometimes and would lie down in bed for hours because of exhaustion. In school, though, it wouldn’t take long for her to puke in the ladies’ room after eating her lunch, and then walking down the hallway like nothing happened.
Continue reading “How The Bulimic Turned Her Life Around” »