Individuals with Bulimia may resist treatment because they see the eating disorder as working for them. Some seek treatment hoping therapy can eliminate binge-eating so they can become better dieters and continue to lose weight. Overall, they often see themselves as failures.
Above all other fears is the overriding terror that by giving up the disorder they will be eliminating the only effective coping mechanism they have for dealing with emotion, stress, and fears. Letting go of the illness seems terrifying and impossible.
Often, unrelenting guilt and shame are core symptoms of bulimia. Those who struggle with bulimia may recognize that their behaviors are unusual and perhaps dangerous to their health, but have a difficult time stopping their cycle of behavior. It is common for someone with bulimia to feel as if they are trapped on a roller coaster of negative emotions and behaviors with no way to stop.
The following Emotional & Cognitive Characteristics are common patterns that are often seen in bulimia symptoms:
Emotional & Cognitive Characteristics (common patterns)*
- Preoccupation with appearance and “image”, overly concerned about body weight and size
- Perfectionistic: high performance and achievement expectations, façade of normalcy – seemingly “got it together”
- Low self-esteem, self-loathing, self-disgust, and depression
- Usually wants help desperately, yet shame may prevent reaching out
- May be promiscuous or confused about sexuality, a mask for a desire to be accepted and respected
- Constant feeling of being out of control, vacillates between isolation and extreme need for external validation
- Inability to accurately identify and express feelings, thoughts obsessive and focused on the eating disorder cycle
*Patterns, systems and traits may vary from one person to another
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At Center for Change, the possibility of recovery is real. Hope is real. Our Bulimia Treatment Center options range from outpatient services (therapy and dietary), day (PHP) and evening (IOP) programs, residential treatment (RTC) and inpatient hospitalization — depending on the needs of the patient and the severity of the illness. At Center for Change we offer all of these levels of care in order to provide the most appropriate options and meet the needs of our patients. To learn more about our treatment program for Bulimia Nervosa or to schedule a free assessment, call 888-224-8250.