Many of our members here at Bulimia Help say they have experienced symptoms of both anorexia and bulimia (Bulimarexia) and for those who exhibit symptoms of both eating disorders it can be important to gain a better understanding of the different methods of treatment used for each.
There are a lot of similarities with anorexia and bulimia treatment , but there are also some obvious differences too...
One of the main differences in treatment has to be the emphasis that anorexia treatment puts on weight gain. Obviously with most bulimics maintaining an average or above average weight this is not a primary focus in bulimia recovery.
Suggests you are five times more likely to die when you have anorexia (the study goes on to say that people with bulimia and other eating disorders are twice as likely to die when compared to people who don't suffer from the disorders) so it's easy to understand why first step treatments for anorexia can often be more clinical than first step treatments for bulimia.
The anorexia and bulimia treatment guidelines below are recommendations from The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) who set out the best practice guidelines to health professionals in the UK.
As you will see the table shows that the first step treatment suggestions are quiet different for anorexia and bulimia.
There are also differences in the types of psychological interventions used as well as varying medication suggestions for each disorder.
It is important to understand that the anorexia and bulimia treatment methods may vary depending on what part of the world you are in, however in general they tend to follow the pattern shown above.
Inpatient care is also suggested for extremem cases...
Although it is quite rare for someone with bulimia to be hospitalised in this way. (Learn more about bulimia rehab)
Here at Bulimia Help our Bulimia Recovery System has already helped thousands of people just like you to say goodbye to their bulimia forever!
If you'd like to know more then why not sign up for your free bulimia recovery course now!
Get access to our FREE mini course to end binge eating
The information provided in this website is for information purposes only. The information on this website is NOT a substitute for proper diagnosis, treatment or the provision of advice by an appropriate health professional. Please refer to the full disclaimer and copyright. If you do think you might suffer from an eating disorder, it is important that you talk to your General Practitioner, as there are many physical complications that can arise from being at an unhealthily low weight or from losing weight very quickly, or from purging. We advise you to seek professional help with working on an eating disorder.
Copyright © BulimiaHelp.org. 2013. All rights reserved.