Bulimia is characterized by binge eating and inadequate methods to avoid weight gain. A binge is the consumption of an excessive amount of food, usually sweets or foods with high caloric content, in a short period of time.
This behavior is carried out secretly and kept from other people, and it causes a strong feeling of shame, self-contempt and depression. It is also accompanied by a strong sense of lack of control while eating. When the disease becomes acute, the person is unable to stop the intake or avoid the urge to eat more food. Another important characteristic is the presence of inappropriate compensatory behaviors to prevent weight gain, such as induced vomiting or the use of laxatives.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How can a person know if they have episodes of binge eating?
The excessive consumption of food must be accompanied by a feeling of lack of control to be considered a binge. The person must also observe an inability to control the amount of food they consume or, once the episode has begun, an inability to stop eating.
When is exercise considered as a compensatory behavior?
When the exercise is performed exhaustively and in inappropriate places or despite medical contraindications or the presence of injuries.
How can I help a person with bulimia?
It is important to learn about the disease because most people with this disorder do not recognize that they have a problem. It is essential that the person does not feel threatened or judged and that they feel heard. This is essential for you to understand the reason(s) that triggered the problem and help him or her to begin to heal.
When the person refuses to accept their illness, professional intervention and help should be sought. Explain that ultimately you are interested in helping him or her, and that if they do not receive help, it can end very seriously.
Maybe there will be resistance, but always emphasize that their life is in danger.
This type of disorder is very common due to the lack of awareness about the disease. In very severe cases, a person will not understand the level of risk. Therefore, you must act with persistence as soon as the first symptoms are detected. The earlier the intervention, the greater the likelihood of remitting an eating disorder.
Can it cause death?
The risk of death is very high if there is no timely intervention by health professionals. The person can suffer dehydration and a chemical imbalance causing the heart to reduce its ability to function culminating in respiratory arrest.
OUR TREATMENT MODEL
CADE offers a multidisciplinary treatment according to the characteristics and needs of the patient that is based on the patient´s diagnosis and an individual intervention plan.
A psychological or psychiatric disorder generally has a genetic or biological origin detonated by difficult and early or current traumatic experiences that lead the individual to become ill. Therefore, the clinical intervention in these disorders necessitates the multidisciplinary work of psychiatry, psychology, medicine, nutrition and complementary therapies. The treatment can be outpatient, inpatient or semi-inpatient based.