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Signs and Symptoms of a Dangerous Disorder

However, I do strongly believe that the case has been made for the addictive nature of certain eating disorders—bulimia and carbohydrate-craving obesity in particular—in which the ingested substance is food, not “drugs” as we commonly think of them.  Eating is one of the most obvious ways in which we alter the neurochemistry of our brains every day. As for treatment, serotonin abnormalities are believed to be the culprit. Many bulimics improve on SSRI antidepressants.  Dirk Hanson

Although Bulimia is not a disease that’s easily visible at first or even second sight, it’s a disease that is largely ignored and most often left untreated.  This is so mostly because most people are not aware of its existence.  As such, they are certainly not aware that Bulimia, or what is called in medical terms, “Bulimia nervosa” can have devastating physical, psychological and sociological effects and consequences. 

If you look up Bulimia in the dictionary, the first thing that you will become aware of is that Bulimics eat more than normal, gorging themselves on as much as 3-4 times the normal amount . They then force themselves to throw up using emetics, or use laxatives to empty their stomachs.  They will also often go days without food in anticipation of gorging the other days, compensating for their over-eating in ways that are neither healthy nor advisable.

Bulimics are obsessed with their weight, suffer from anxiety and depression. Although the disease centers around food, it is not that Bulimics have problems with food per se.  They are just emoting their problems with food. 

The effects of the disease can be terrible and disabling.  Bulimics can be  suffer from torn esophagus, decayed teeth and gum disease, inflamed throat and neck glands, acid reflux disorder, ruptured intestines, irritable bowel syndrome, dehydration, fevers and malfunctioning kidneys.  This disease can affect every major gland and organ in the body.  It is therefore critical that you become aware of how to spot the symptoms of Bulimia in case someone in your family or friendship circle becomes a victim of this disease. 

Here are a few symptoms that will help you detect the disorder and get them professional help as soon as possible:

Women and the teenagers are more susceptible to this disorder because of their obsession with their weight and the way they look. So if you have a daughter or a close female friend or relative who you believe may be acting in a way that you suspect points to bulimia, please talk to them and get them much-needed medical intervention before the situation worsens.

Even if you just suspect bulimia and are not really sure, it would be the best thing you could possibly do is to talk to the person you care about and get them to see a doctor who can help.

Remember,  even though this might sound like a small thing, Bulimia is a very serious disorder with wide ranging consequences.

Rika B.

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