Treatment if the condition gets worse
develop other health problems such as
dehydration or an esophageal tear because of bulimia,
you may need to stay in the hospital or in an
eating disorder treatment facility.
Sometimes people with
bulimia get discouraged because recovery can take a
long time and
relapse is common. If you or the person with bulimia
feels very discouraged or feels
suicidal, call a doctor or other health professional
immediately to get help.
What to think about
Treatment with an antidepressant
medicine alone may not be enough. The most effective treatment for bulimia may
be a combination of psychological counseling and antidepressants.4
Eating disorders are hard to treat.
Recovery may take months to years. The sooner treatment begins, the better the
chance for a full recovery.
Unfortunately, many people don't seek
treatment for mental health problems. You may not seek treatment because you
think the symptoms are not bad enough or that you can work things out on your
own. But getting treatment is important.
If you need help
deciding whether to see your doctor, read about
some reasons why people don't get help and how to overcome them.