Does bulimia make you depressed or depressed people get bulimia?

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Does bulimia make you depressed or do depressed people get bulimia?

Good question.

Current research suggests that it can happen either way.

But we strongly believe that bulimia makes you depressed.

Its not surprizing, having bulimia is not fun, but there is some science behind it too.

Endorphins, Malnutrition and Serotonin.

All bulimics restrict there food.

It could be a pruge, a fast after a binge or an excessive bout of exercise.

This means your body is not getting enough food.

Food restriction then leads to mental health symptoms.

Food restriction can lead to:

Food obsession, powerful food cravings, social anxiety, social withdrawal, irritability, mood swings, apathy, relationship problems and ...depression.

When you eat there are thousands of chemical reactions that happen in your body. Inadequate food consumption inhibits and alters these chemical reactions.

Research shows that carbohydrates are needed to produce adequate amounts of serotonin in your brain. This is your 'feel' good chemical, so without an ample amount getting produced upstairs you are going to feel generally miserable and sad.

Also the act of binge eating and purging creates feelings of shame, guilt and low self worth.

Just take a look at some of the bulimia vitamin deficiencies you can experience if you’re not receiving adequate levels of nutrition!

Here's the good news...

According to research, normalizing food intake through eating regular meals at regular times should be sufficient at eliminating or at least vastly reducing depression.

Yes, by simply learning how to eat normally again you can eliminate your depression.

This may sound far fetched. But we have helped thousands of people recover from bulimia and we have seen it time and time again. Learning how to eat normally makes you happier.

Here are what a few of our members said below:

“I felt continually depressed and sad when I had bulimia, I thought it was the normal way for me to feel and didn’t understand that by restricting food intake I was actually contributing to my depression. I tried hard to eat normally and not skip meals or starve (which was hard), I noticed that within weeks I felt my depression going away, I also felt mentally happier and stronger to deal with my recovery.” (Bulimia Help Member, 2009)


The main reason I started recovery was that I felt so depressed, miserable, sad, terrible! I also don't know which comes first - the depression or the ED, but recovery surely makes things better for me. (Bulimia Help Member, 2011)

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