Bulimia Nervosa

(Also Known As: Bulimia, Bulimic, Eating Disorder, Binge-Purge Disorder)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What is Bulimia Nervosa?

Bulimia Nervosa is a psychological eating disorder that is characterized by a period of binge eating followed by inappropriate means of weight control such as self-induced vomiting (purging), the most common form1, and other methods such as the use of laxatives and diuretics, fasting, enemas, and over-exercise. The binge eating behavior of a Bulimic individual is highly associated with major depression and stress. The behavior of one with Bulimia Nervosa is also closely related with other psychiatric disorders such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder involving the cycles of binge eating and purging.

A person with Bulimia Nervosa may feel calm for a short time after binge eating, but such feelings are then followed by self-loathing. Bulimic individuals maintain their typical weight or above-average weight which makes it hard to disclose the presence of Bulimia Nervosa.2

There are two sub-types of Bulimia Nervosa:

Purging Type

These Bulimia Nervosa patients use self-induced vomiting, emetics, laxatives, diuretics, and many ways for an abrupt removal of food.

Non-purging Type

These Bulimia Nervosa patients exercise excessively in order to make up for over eating. Purging-type Bulimics may use exercise or fasting as a form of controlling their weight as an alternative option.

Could You Have Bulimia Nervosa?

Bulimia Nervosa Topics

Related Conditions

Anorexia Nervosa – Starvation, Over-Exercise, Laxatives, Diuretics, Warped Body Image
Anxiety Disorder NOS – Pathological Fears, Irrational Anxiousness, Stress, Phobias
Binge Eating Disorder – Eating Unusual Amount of Food, Depression, Anxiety, Guilty
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Anxiety, Obsessive, Compulsive Behavior Hidden to Others, Anxiety, Paranoid
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Nightmares, Insomnia, Sexual Abuse, Irritation, Social Impairment, Problems with Memory and Concentration, Intrusive Memories, Hyper-Vigilance