In addition to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), several types of
counseling may be useful in treating eating disorders. Other therapies that may be helpful include:
Nutritional counseling, which teaches the person to
eat three meals and two snacks a day and to avoid unhealthy diets.
Dialectical behavior therapy, which is a long-term
approach that focuses on helping the person regulate emotions. Coping better
with life's challenges and negative emotions should help you reduce the
Group counseling, which may enhance
individual therapy. Often it is helpful to speak with other people who have
Family therapy. Family members can be
very helpful to their loved one's recovery, especially for an adolescent with
bulimia. Family therapy teaches about the disorder and ways to help.
programs that provide self-help materials, such as manuals or computer-based
activities, may be useful in treating eating disorders. But most people who
have an eating disorder also need counseling and possibly medicine.
Although it isn't
part of the treatment of bulimia, relieving stress can help during recovery.
Techniques for managing stress include:
Writing. Expressing yourself in writing can be a very effective way to reduce
your stress level.
Expressing your feelings. Talking, laughing, crying, and
expressing anger are normal parts of the emotional healing
Doing something you enjoy. A hobby
or other healthy leisure activity that is meaningful to you can help you relax.
Volunteer work or work that helps others can be a powerful