Thursday, May 21, 2009

Dangers in Bulimia

Many bulimia sufferers do not understand the dangers in bulimia and the consequences of binging and purging. They think it is something they can do which has no detrimental consequences to their body. It is not until after a while they start noticing that they are harming their body. Swollen glands are a major concern because it makes the bulimics face look fat and therefore is having the opposite desired effect. There are many dangers associated with bulimia; watch this video to learn about them or visit here to find a bulimia treatment.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Bulimia and Swollen Glands

Bulimia sufferers tend to notice that they get swollen glands after a binge and purge episode but don't really understand what it is happening and why they get it. Often they panic and think they are getting fatter when they see a chubby face in the mirror and will purge some more to try and reduce the puffiness. This obviously is not a solution as it only aggravates the situation and can increase the length of time the swollen glands persist. If you are unable to stop binging and purging by yourself then it is worth seeking some form of bulimia treatment.

What Is The Best Treatment for Bulimia?

The best approach in the treatment of bulimia is actually a balanced combination of all the treatments that will match closely a particular patient’s profile and circumstances. In this multidisciplinary approach, the patient’s doctor, psychiatrist, and dietitian are involved. In some cases where complications from the eating disorder have arisen, a surgeon or endocrinologist may have to render their services. Lastly, the help of a dentist can also contribute in the detection and ongoing treatment of bulimia.

This multidisciplinary bulimia treatment plan should have the following goals:
  • Treatment of physical complications
  • Treatment of psychiatric conditions, including changing of the patient’s thoughts, attitudes, and feelings related to and causing bulimia
  • Elimination of binge eating and purging
  • Providing of education on nutrition
  • Motivating the patient to practice healthy eating patterns and attitudes
  • Getting the family to support the treatment as well as also providing the family with counseling, and
  • Preventing the patient from going to relapse
The psychiatric aspect of the treatment includes all or a combination of the following psychological methods:
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Nutritional rehabilitation and counseling
  • Family therapy
  • Couple therapy
  • Support groups and guided self-help
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Bright light therapy
During psychiatric treatment, it is important that diet and nutrition is not just discussed but actually implemented. The role of the counselor in this aspect is important as the patient will be required to follow a structured meal plan. This will promote proper nutritional intake and reduces the urges to binge and purge.

The medical aspect of the treatment includes all or a combination of inpatient care, surgical care, and medication.

Inpatient care is given in cases of medical complications and infections, incapacity of the patient to function in daily life, absence of a support structure, failure of outpatient bulimia treatment methods, or risk of suicide. Surgical care is required when patients develop gastric dilatation, which is severe and uncontrollable vomiting that happens right after food consumption. This condition is one major cause of bulimia-related deaths. Surgical treatment is also required if the patient develops esophageal tear.

Medication for the treatment of bulimia is often in the form of antidepressants. These are helpful for patients who have symptoms of depression and anxiety. Medication is used to complement ongoing psychological treatment. Antidepressants that have proven effectiveness in most cases and have fewer negative side effects are SSRIs or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors.

Other medications that have been tried in treating mood disorders associated with bulimia are tricyclic antidepressants, topiramate, lithium, valproic acid, ondansetron, baclofen, and methylphenidate. In prescribing medication, doctors must present and discuss the benefits and risks related to antidepressant treatment with the patients and their families. The importance of making this decision can hardly be overemphasized for young patients such as children and adolescents.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Beat Bulimia- 1Day Workshop in London

Hi there!

Hope your bulimia recovery is coming along well and this blog finds you looking forward to the warmer days ..rather than shying away from the summer?

If you are looking for Bulimia treatment in London (UK), but feel anxious about your limited time available on individual therapy..then perhaps one day interactive workshop may be your answer!

The next date for BEAT BULIMIA workshop is :
29th of May 2009
Time: 9am - 5pm
Venue : Conway Hall, Holbron, London UK
Your investment: £90

Please see blog below for details...or visit for full details and enrolement.

Stay well and be well!

with warm wishes


Vathani Navasothy
Counsellor/ Workshop Facilitator/ Author & Co-founder of