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Bulimia Psychologist

Have you ever had unkind thoughts about your body or felt that your relationship with food might be unhealthy? Eating disorders affect many people and attempting to cope with them on your own often leads to other mental health issues, such as addiction. In fact, substance abuse is four times more likely to occur in women who struggle with an eating disorder.

If you’re looking for Bulimia treatment in Melbourne, consider entrusting your recovery process to Peaceful Mind Psychology. We’re centrally located in the Armadale area near the central business district. Our services are confidential and designed to nurture an overall sense of health and wellbeing. Therapy can help you reclaim your thought process and help you find peace in your life.

How is Bulimia Different from other Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders overlap in their symptoms and factors that contribute to their maintenance. It is not unusual to develop one eating disorder (e.g. Anorexia), which later develops into a different type of eating disorder (e.g. Bulimia). While the different disorders vary, they share some symptoms, such as:

  • Avoiding eating in social situations
  • Obsessive thoughts over food and body image
  • Feelings of guilt and shame
  • Eating too much or too little

Bulimia is characterised by reoccurring episodes of binging followed almost directly by an attempt to compensate for over-eating (that is, purging), including induced vomiting, laxative-use, exercise or strict dieting. If you binge eat regularly without engaging in any form of compensation, then you may be experiencing Binge Eating Disorder. If you are underweight it is more likely you are experiencing Anorexia, even if you binge and purge.

Purging is Not Limited to Induced Vomiting

One of the most harmful aspects of Bulimia is that it can very easily go unrecognised. Many people think of purging solely as induced vomiting, but there are many ways people attempt to purge after overeating.

Using laxatives, engaging in extreme and physically harmful exercise sessions and using diuretics, are only a few examples of how people with this disorder attempt to purge. If you find that you are overwhelmingly concerned with burning off calories from the food you eat, it’s possible you are struggling with Bulimia.