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Signs and Symptoms of Bulimia
Bulimia is characterized by a secretive cycle of binge eating followed by engaging in compensatory behaviors such as purging or using laxatives to prevent weight gain. A binge consists of eating an amount of food that is definitely larger than most individuals would eat under similar circumstances usually within a 2 hour period.
Compensatory behaviors are divided into categories: Purging and Non-purging. The purging behaviors include induced vomiting, the use of laxatives and diuretics while the non-purging behaviors involve excessive exercise and alternating periods of strict dieting or fasting.
Physical complications of Bulimia Nervosa
- Esophageal problems (tears, bleeding, rupture)
- Stomach injuries (inflammation of lining, rupture)
- Intestinal injuries (ulcers, bloody stools)
- Lung complications
- Kidney and heart complications (kidney stones, kidney failure, uneven heart rate, heart failure)
- Skin problems
- Erosion of tooth enamel
- Swollen salivary glands
- Changes in menstrual cycle
- Rectal bleeding
- Depression and mood swings
We Provide Specialized Treatment
You receive daily treatment and around the clock care with other clients in your age group, either adult or adolescent. Each day consists of multiple and continuous therapy sessions such as individual, group, equine, spirituality, or dietary, all of which are focused on helping you develop positive coping skills.
Our staff is always there to help you through the difficult times such as during meals and when you are feeling homesick. A serenity walk down the canopied road or a visit with one of our friendly horses right outside the door can bring a sense of peace. Nature therapy and spirituality are conducted multiple times weekly. Family therapy and visitations occur during the week as well.
What Would be the Big Deal if I did Have Bulimia?
Few people know that although Bulimia is not as life threatening as Anorexia, it can cause death. Serious complications such as potassium and sodium depletion can have fatal outcomes. These electrolytes have important roles in our lives; For example, they regulate cardiac function and fluid balance.
Risk of esophageal tears or hemorrhage is a constant potential when anyone throws up, however, the risk of damage or death is heightened when the frequency of purging increases. Unfortunately, denial reduces fear even when blood is seen in vomit or when someone passes out. Many people who struggle with Bulimia go undetected since they minimize the severity of “just being Bulimic.”
Eating Disorders, including Bulimia, cause more deaths than any other mental health issue or disorder. However, they are the leading cause of death in the young female population. Many think, “Oh that would never happen to me”, and for some, it does not, but many people dealing with bulimia lose this battle every year.
Recovery from Bulimia is Possible
There is no need for anyone to struggle with or die from Bulimia or any other eating disorder. Stepping out of the darkness of denial and having a voice to let those who care help is the first step to Recovery. Recognizing that the person is not the eating disorder is critical to separating from the convincing and destructive nature of Bulimia.
Canopy Cove, has over 25 years of specialized experience helping women and men, and their families, overcome their struggles with Bulimia Nervosa and other eating disorders and experience recovery.
Call 850-893-8800 to speak to a trained specialist about treatment options.
Residential Program for Women
Our treatment program is customized to tailor each individual’s specific needs. As part of our admission process, each client has a detailed evaluation by the members of our multi-disciplinary Eating Disorders team.
Adolescent Residential Program
The adolescent house provides a warm and inviting center with a comfortable living area that includes a fireplace, hard-wood floors and tall ceilings. The bedrooms feature bathrooms with tiled floors, natural lighting and custom tiled showers.
Adolescent Males and Adult Men Programs
With over 23 Years of experienceit is our belief that Canopy Cove has the heartfelt interest, experience, and expertise to continue helping adult males, boys, and adolescents who struggle with Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorders.