Bulimia

Bulimia

Treatment for Bulimia

Casa Palmera is a treatment facility that strives to give peace and healing to all of our residents. We emphasize evidence-based treatment and maintain a holistic approach to healing. This holistic approach encompasses the whole person. Our goal is to help each individual achieve a healthy balance. Through your own personalized treatment plan, we treat your physical symptoms as well as address the underlying causes of your disease.

Casa Palmera understands the seriousness of an eating disorder such as bulimia, and the emotional devastation it can cause. Psychotherapy is an integral part in the treatment of bulimia. These sessions address symptoms, and any current dilemmas associated with your disorder, as well as help you cope with past issues. Through your treatment program, we help you reverse unhealthy patterns and squash negative perceptions of yourself.

Information about Bulimia

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder in which someone is preoccupied with food. Someone with bulimia goes through periods of binging and purging. They will consume large amounts of food to a point of uncomfortable fullness, and then proceed to vomit what they have previously eaten through self-induced vomiting, or through the use of laxatives or diuretics.

Women make up about 90% of those with bulimia, while men make up about 10%. However, this disease has no gender boundaries. This disorder tends to have a later onset than anorexia. Most people who develop bulimia develop it between the ages of 10 and 25. Bulima affects 10% of college students in the U.S. today.

Signs of Bulimia

Bulimia may be harder to detect than other eating disorders. Someone suffering from bulimia may be a normal weight, underweight, or even overweight.

  • Swollen cheeks or jaw
  • Dehydration
  • Binge eating
  • Calluses or sores on knuckles
  • Going frequently to the bathroom after meals
  • Misuse of diuretics, laxatives or enemas
  • Stomach problems
  • Seems to feel out-of-control when eating
  • Secretive about eating, or hides food
  • Broken blood vessels in the eyes

Causes of Bulimia

A variety of factors can contribute to the onset of bulimia.

  • Psychological factors common in those with bulimia include low self-esteem, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
  • The interpersonal environment plays a large role. An unstable relationship between various members of the family, as well as a history of physical, verbal, and/or sexual abuse, can contribute to stress and feelings of worthlessness.
  • The presence of a family member with a history of an eating disorder can also play a role in the onset of bulimia. Biological make-up of a person may also affect his or her chances of developing bulimia. There is some evidence that the brain chemical, serotonin, may have an impact in those who develop bulimia, as serotonin helps to regulates food intake.
  • Culture also greatly affects susceptibility to this disorder. In Western society today,
    thinness is an obsession. A perfect body is often promoted as the definition of beauty and
    success. All of these factors increase a person’s susceptibility to bulimia and can make
    the condition worse. At Casa Palmera, it is our goal to heal the physical body of the
    person as well as the spirit. We accomplish this by addressing the physical aspects
    of bulimia as well as the emotional and psychological components of the disease.

Our program includes four core elements of recovery:

  • The medical/psychotherapy core
  • The lifestyle core
  • The complementary medicine core
  • The environmental core

Effects of Bulimia

Bulimia has many serious medical complications that arise as the disorder progresses.

Some effects of bulimia are:

Physical Effects

  • Irregular heart rhythms, heart failure
  • Dry skin, callused or sore knuckles
  • Sore, swollen cheeks
  • Increase in cavities, tooth enamel loss, gum disease
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Rupturing of the esophagus, soreness
  • For women, irregular periods
  • Complications of the intestines
  • Dependency on laxatives

Emotional Effects

  • Depression
  • Fluctuating emotions
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Poor self-image
  • Feeling out-of-control
  • Isolating oneself from others