Should I take anti-depressants for bulimia?

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Anti-depressant medications are designed to make serotonin more active in the brain and extend that activity for longer periods of time to assist in regulating moods.

Some research has shown that anti-depressants are not effective for the treatment of depression associated with anorexia and bulimia; this is believed to be due to the appetite depressing side effect from the drugs, believed to make recovery a more challenging procedure.

However some people do find that certain anti-depressants do help to lessen binge urges and help with recovery.

If you feel that you could benefit from taking medication, or if your depression is very severe then you should see your doctor immediately to discuss your options.

Or learn more about our methodolgy to recover from bulimia

Please note: Depression is a serious medical condition and many people do need anti-depressants and professional help to combat it.
Bulimia and other eating disorders can produce quite severe depression. It is important to seek medical advice if you have depression or irrational thoughts. Professional intervention is needed in many cases and can be very beneficial for many people

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