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bulimiaThere is a good chance you have heard the word “bulimia” before. You may have an idea of what it is or, more likely, stereotypes about the condition. However, when you or a loved one is facing an eating disorder, it is crucial to understand the disorder and know the warning signs that come with it. Knowing when you or someone you love should seek help for an eating disorder is key to a successful recovery.

Bulimia nervosa is frequently referred to as a private struggle because those experiencing this disorder often do it in secrecy. It is characterized by binge eating (eating a large amount of food in a short time) and then purging to get rid of the calories. Many times those suffering are also struggling with anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. This disorder can be dangerous, so it’s essential to seek help from a trained professional. Here are a few common warning signs that may indicate if you or someone you love is struggling with bulimia.

Eating Privately

Do you find yourself wanting or needing to eat only in private? Is eating in front of others stressful or anxiety-producing? If so, this is something to consider. Try analyzing your actions and thoughts to understand them further. If you are concerned about a loved one, try to pay attention to whether they eat in front of others or show any discomfort, anxiety, or eat their meals in odd places.

Social Withdrawal

Bulimia is often accompanied by other disorders such as depression and anxiety. This disorder is marked by a dangerous cycle of eating and purging. This cycle is usually kept secret, leading those suffering to become more withdrawn and anxious. If you find yourself pulling away from others, try to notice what you are feeling and experiencing. Many times we feel alone because of the secrets that we are keeping. If you or someone you care about is showing any of these signs–particularly when it comes to food and eating–try to have an honest conversation about the situation and seek professional help.

Bulimia nervosa is a dangerous eating disorder. Those suffering often get trapped within a secretive cycle of binging and purging. Many times other mental health concerns also contribute to eating disorders. Watching for warning signs within yourself and others can mean getting help much sooner. Here at The Guest House, we understand that deciding to seek help can be scary and stressful. Admitting that you have a problem and that you need help is a huge step. We are ready to help you gain the skills needed to work through any struggles you may be facing. Call us today to learn more about our treatment options at (855) 483-7800.

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Bulimia nervosa is a dangerous eating disorder characterized by cycles of binge eating and purging. For help, call The Guest House at (855) 483-7800.