Bulimia Help, Advice and Counselling. Eating disorder treatment
Bulimia is a serious and potentially life threatening illness. Those struggling with it often don’t know where to turn for help and support in overcoming the condition. But eating disorders are aggressive illnesses and it is important to act fast.
At The Recover clinic we understand just how frightening and overwhelming it can be to take the first steps in seeking treatment for bulimia but we are here to guide you through those difficult times, and help you find the best course of treatment, be it for yourself or for a loved one.
How can we help with bulimia?
Our team of counsellors can help you stop your bulimic patterns and find appropriate treatment and help for bulimia. This could involve referral to residential eating disorder clinics, outpatient treatment with our bulimia counselling team, or one to one therapy.
If you are stuck in a cycle of binge eating and vomiting we can guide you to take the first steps toward overcoming bulimia.
We can help you or your loved one to find the appropriate eating disorder treatment where the bulimia can be tackled and new life skills can be learnt. Call The Recover Clinic today for help and advice on 0845 603 6530.
Do you have bulimia?
- Is your mood affected dramatically by how much you weigh?
- Do you find that you lose control over how much you are eating?
- Do over-spend on food or steal food?
- Do you ever make yourself sick after eating?
- Have your friends and family voiced concerns about your weight or eating habits?
- Do you find that you are obsessive about what is in food and calories?
- Do you have symptoms such as thinning hair, worn dental enamel, hypoglycemia or osteoporosis?
- Are you extremely anxious about gaining any weight?
- Do you use laxatives, diuretics or enemas to lose weight?
- If you are a woman, have you stopped getting your period?
If you find that you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions then you may have a problem with bulimia.
What is bulimia?
Bulimia is manifested by obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours around food. Many sufferers are trapped within a ‘binge-purge cycle’ which is characterised by over-eating and self-induced vomiting. And many will show signs of self-harming behaviours throughout other areas of their lives, from drug and alcohol abuse to relationship problems. Many sufferers have a profound lack of self-worth and hence this cycle of self-harm continues unless they are able to access help and treatment for their bulimia.
All of those suffering with bulimia experience a deep entrenched sense of shame which often prevents them from reaching out and asking for help. Many wonder who they would be without their illness and how they would cope without it.
Our specialist bulimia counselling team understand what it means to begin to let go of old destructive behaviours and to move forward into recovery from bulimia. We can help you or your loved one find the appropriate treatment for bulimia, where the condition can be tackled and new life skills can be learnt.
Call The Recover Clinic today and speak to a therapist about what bulimia treatment options are available, on 0845 603 6530.
Behavioural symptoms of bulimia
- Binge eating
- Vomiting food
- Abusing laxatives or diuretics
- Overachieving behaviours
- Guilt, secrecy, shame
- Obsession with appearance/body shape
- Alcohol/drug abuse
- Sexual promiscuity
- Kleptomania (stealing)
Physical symptoms of bulimia
- eroded tooth enamel
- a ‘puffy chipmunk’ face
- scarred hands and knuckles
- bad complexion
Medical symptoms of bulimia
- dehydration which can lead to kidney failure
- hormone imbalance (which can cause fertility problems)
- tears in the throat and on the esophagus
- gastric rupture (the stomach can tear)
- electrolyte imbalance
- heart palpitations
- bowel problems
Statistics about bulimia
- 5 to 15 percent of people with bulimia are male
- Between 1 and 3 percent of young women are thought to be bulimic at any given moment in time
- Approximately 1-2 percent of women in the UK suffer from bulimia
- Approximately 5 percent of bulimia sufferers go on to develop anorexia nervosa
- Cases of bulimia nervosa are rarely seen in people under the age of 13
- People who have close relatives with bulimia are four times more likely to develop the disease than people who do not
Whatever the level of support you are looking for... we can help.
Call us today and speak to one of our experts on 0845 603 6530 or complete our short enquiry form.