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    1. Bulimia Nervosa - When To Call a Doctor

      Call your health professional immediately if you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with bulimia and now is not able to pass urine, notices that his or her heart skips beats or beats slower than normal, has severe abdominal pain, or is vomiting

    2. Anorexia Nervosa - Home Treatment

      Continuing good care at home will help in the recovery from anorexia nervosa.

    3. Bulimia: Misuse of Ipecac Syrup - Topic Overview

      Syrup of ipecac is a medicine that causes vomiting. Its purpose is to empty the stomach after poisoning or drug overdose. It works by irritating the stomach lining until a person vomits. Some people who have bulimia nervosa use ipecac regularly to make themselves vomit. If used too often,ipecac can cause: Diarrhea. Drowsiness. Coughing or choking. Low blood pressure and a rapid heartbeat. ...

    4. Binge Eating Disorder - Exams and Tests

      Doctors diagnose binge eating disorder by doing a physical exam and asking questions about your medical history and eating habits.

    5. Supporting Someone Who Has an Eating Disorder - Topic Overview

      People who have an eating disorder often become preoccupied with negative thoughts about themselves. It is often hard for them to think positive thoughts. Although it is impossible to stop all negative thoughts,you can reduce these thoughts with a few simple techniques. Remember that your goal is to feel better with each passing day. Ask someone you trust to remind you of that when you are ...

    6. Bulimia: Overuse of Laxatives - Topic Overview

      People who have bulimia nervosa often overuse laxatives to get rid of food eaten during a binge eating episode. Laxatives speed up the passage of stool through the body by irritating the lining of the intestines. Laxatives do not reduce the number of calories the body absorbs from food. However,laxatives may cause a person to lose weight because they increase the amount of water eliminated ...

    7. Supporting Someone Who Has an Eating Disorder - Topic Overview

      When a loved one has an eating disorder such as anorexia,bulimia,or binge eating and is in treatment,you can show support by: Showing and stating your love. Avoiding the temptation to control the person. Trusting that your loved one has developed his or her own high values,ideals,and standards. Encouraging self-responsibility for his or her actions,both successes and setbacks. ...

    8. Bulimia Nervosa - Home Treatment

      Home treatment is very important for people who have bulimia. You will set individual goals along with your doctor, nutritionist, and professional counselor. Some of these goals may include: Practicing emotional self - care. Don't blame yourself for your

    9. Binge Eating Disorder - Treatment Overview

      Treatment for binge eating disorder includes counseling and sometimes medicine.

    10. Bulimia Nervosa - Cause

      Learn the causes and risk factors of bulimia, including family history, social values, and personality traits like perfectionism.

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