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Recovery from bulimia with Melrose

The warning signs of an eating disorder like bulimia aren’t always obvious. If you think you struggle with an eating disorder, it might be time to talk with someone who can help. At Melrose Center, we offer the right kind of support. We focus on total healing and offer treatment options that are personalized for you.

What is bulimia?

Bulimia often involves binge eating and purging. Purging food is typically done by throwing up, using laxatives or over-exercising to make up for eating. Keep reading to learn more about the most common symptoms of bulimia.

Symptoms of bulimia

Eating symptoms

  • Hoarding food
  • Eating in secret
  • Fasting
  • Irregular eating, such as overeating, under eating or eating very quickly
  • Vomiting or misusing laxatives, diuretics, diet pills or ipecac (a drug that induces vomiting)
  • Constantly preoccupied with food control

Social and behavioral symptoms

  • Exercising too much to make up for eating
  • Abusing drugs and alcohol
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Wanting help desperately, but won't ask
  • Perfectionism with high expectations for own performance and achievement

Self-image symptoms

  • Anxiety about appearance
  • Low self-esteem and depression
  • Appearing normal and "together"
  • Fear of being unable to stop eating
  • Constantly feeling out of control
  • Being unable to identify and express feelings

Physical symptoms

  • Weight changes from bingeing and fasting, even though weight may be normal
  • Dry skin and dry, brittle hair
  • Burst blood vessels in eyes
  • Swollen glands along the jaw and cheeks, puffiness around the face
  • Tooth decay and gum disease
  • Headaches and fatigue and abdominal pain and constipation
  • Women stopping menstrual period
  • Dehydration and loss of potassium and sodium. This can potentially cause irregular heart rhythms and cardiac arrest

Our free self-assessment can help answer if you could be struggling with an eating disorder.

Call 952-993-6200 to talk to someone at Melrose Center. Hope and healing are possible.