Treatment for Bulimia Nervosa

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Written by Dr. Vivekanand, MBBS | Medically Reviewed by dr. reeja tharu, M.Phil.,Ph.D on Dec 07, 2014
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Treatment for Bulimia Nervosa

Patients with Bulimia are much more receptive to treatment than those with Anorexia, and their treatment consists of various therapies and drugs.

Patients suffering from Bulimia are generally not as secretive about their symptoms as those with Anorexia. This makes it easier to identify the disease and also enables the patient to be more receptive to treatment.

The various therapies for the treatment of Bulimia include:

  • This line of treatment is based on providing positive support (sometimes even negative) to help the patient control the binge eating habit.

Individual psychotherapy

  • This therapy deals in trying to help the patient in overcoming relationship difficulties, in developing self-esteem and assertiveness, in streamlining social skills and pressure-coping strategies.

Group and family therapy

  • These therapy sessions are aimed at educating the patient, and the family about Bulimia and its treatment.

Drug therapy

  • Drugs are important additions to all other modes of therapy.They include Tricyclic antidepressants of which, Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most common.

Hospitalisation

  • Patients do not generally require hospitalisation as a cure for Bulimia unless they have extreme eating binges or the associated medical problems have become a serious health hazard or the patient starts to show suicidal tendencies.

References:

  1. Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry (IVth Edition): Oxford University Press Michael Gelder, Richard Mayou & Philip Cowen.
  2. A Short Textbook of Psychiatry (Vth Edition): Jaypee Brothers, Niraj Ahuja, MD.
  3. Bulimia nervosa: an ominous variant of anorexia nervosa. Psych Med. 1979; 9:429-48. Russell, Gerald F.M.
  4. Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialities. 6th Edition. Oxford press. Judith Colier, Murray Longmore, Peter Scally.
  5. Russell, Gerald F.M. Bulimia nervosa : an ominous variant of anorexia nervosa. Psych Med. 1979; 9:429-48.

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