Bulimia nervosa

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Bulimia nervosa

Bulimia nervosa , often referred to as bulimia, is an eating disorder in which the individual goes through cycles of binging (excessively overeating in a single sitting) and purging. Purging, an attempt to get rid of the food consumed during binges, may be done through a number of ways including forced vomiting, taking laxatives, or over-exercising. Individual suffering from bulimia often go through periods of not eating or fasting along with their cycles of binging and purging. The causes for bulimia nervosa may be biological, social and emotional. Pressure from society to fit into the "ideal" body image may also be a cause. Women are more likely to experience eating disorders including bulimia nervosa, but men may also experience these conditions. Symptoms of bulimia nervosa may include chronic dehydration, an electrolyte imbalance, infertility, constipation, peptic ulcers, gastric reflux, and other symptoms related to repeated vomiting such as throat, dental, and oral issues.

Bulimia nervosa is often present in combination with other mental health conditions, such as mood disorders, anxiety, and impulse control issues. He or she may also have a substance abuse issue. Diagnosis is often hard to make in bulimia nervosa, but trained professionals may be able to make a diagnosis based on the individual's behaviors. Signs of an affected individual may include an obsession with weight loss and dieting, body image issues, frequent and compulsive exercising, frequent trips to the bathroom during or after meals, eating in secret, finding hidden food wrappers and containers, and withdrawing from friends and normal activities. Because bulimia nervosa is mostly related to mental health, the treatment often involves at least some psychotherapy. Medications such as antidepressants may also be prescribed to help. If you or someone you know may be suffering from bulimia nervosa, it is best to contact your doctor or a trained professional for help.

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The terms "Bulimia nervosa" returned 208 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Misuse of sibutramine and bulimia nervosa: a dangerous combination.
 

Author(s): Gabriela Mourão Ferreira, Bruno Palazzo Nazar, Michelle Ramos da Silva, Marcelo Alves Carriello, Silvia Freitas, José Carlos Appolinario

Journal: Rev Bras Psiquiatr. ;40(3):343.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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[Consensus document about the nutritional evaluation and management of eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and others].
 

Author(s): Carmen Gómez Candela, Samara Palma Milla, Alberto Miján-de-la-Torre, Pilar Rodríguez Ortega, Pilar Matía Martín, Viviana Loria Kohen, Rocío Campos Del Portillo, M ª Nuria Virgili Casas, Miguel Á Martínez Olmos, M ª Teresa Mories Álvarez, M ª José Castro Alija, Ángela Martín-Palmero

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Eating disorders (ED) are characterized by persistent changes in eating habits that negatively affect a person's health and psychosocial abilities. They are considered psychiatric disorders, highly variable in their presentation and severity, with a huge impact on nutrition, which ...

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Emotional dysregulation and attachment dimensions in female patients with bulimia nervosa.
 

Author(s): Trpimir Jakovina, Maja Crnković Batista, Andrea RaŽić Pavičić, Iva Žurić Jakovina, Ivan Begovac

Journal: Psychiatr Danub. 2018 Mar;30(1):72-78.

 

The aim of this study was to examine whether there is a difference in the dimensions of attachment and difference in emotional regulation between the group of female patients suffering from bulimia nervosa (BN) and the control group. We also wanted to examine whether emotional regulation ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Bulimia nervosa" returned 32 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Consensus document about the nutritional evaluation and management of eating disorders: bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and others].
 

Author(s): Carmen Gómez Candela, Samara Palma Milla, Alberto Miján-de-la-Torre, Pilar Rodríguez Ortega, Pilar Matía Martín, Viviana Loria Cohen, Rocío Campos Del Portillo, M ª Nuria Virgili Casas, Miguel Á Martínez Olmos, M ª Teresa Mories Álvarez, M ª José Castro Alija, Ángela Martín-Palmero

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Bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder are unique nosological entities. Both show a large variability related to its presentation and severity which involves different therapeutic approaches and the need to individualize the treatment, thus it is indispensable a multidisciplinary ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The Efficacy of Psychological Therapies in Reducing Weight and Binge Eating in People with Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder Who Are Overweight or Obese-A Critical Synthesis and Meta-Analyses.
 

Author(s): Marly Amorim Palavras, Phillipa Hay, Celso Alves Dos Santos Filho, Angélica Claudino

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Recurrent binge eating episodes, the core feature of Bulimia Nervosa (BN) and Binge Eating Disorder (BED), are frequently comorbid with obesity. Psychological interventions, notably Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), are effective for binge eating reduction in BED or BN but less ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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A systematic review of the health-related quality of life and economic burdens of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.
 

Author(s): Tamás Ágh, Gábor Kovács, Dylan Supina, Manjiri Pawaskar, Barry K Herman, Zoltán Vokó, David V Sheehan

Journal: Eat Weight Disord. 2016 Sep;21(3):353-64.

 

To perform a systematic review of the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and economic burdens of anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), and binge eating disorder (BED).

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Neural Bases of Multiple Forms of Self-regulatory Control in Bulimia Nervosa
 

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Condition Summary: Bulimia Nervosa

 

Last Updated: 15 Dec 2016

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Lisdexamfetamine for Adults With Bulimia Nervosa
 

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Condition Summary: Bulimia Nervosa

 

Last Updated: 22 Jun 2018

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