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Bulimia nervosa treatment

Bulimia nervosa is a serious eating disorder that causes sufferers to experience an overwhelming need to restrict their food intake. This results in periods of excessive eating (known as ‘binge eating’), with sufferers often eating up to three or four times the usual amount of food, after which they make themselves vomit, exercise excessively or take laxatives (known as ‘purging’) in order to rid their body of the calories that they have consumed. These binge-purge cycles are often triggered by hunger, stress or emotional anxiety, and can mean that there is no significant change in a person’s weight, as the cycles can balance this out.

At Priory, we understand that seeking help for bulimia is a crucial, but often difficult step to take. However, without expert support, bulimia can result in a wide array of long-term psychological and physical complications.

It is important to recognise that if you think that you, or someone that you know, is struggling with bulimia, comprehensive bulimia treatment can empower you to make a full and lasting recovery from your bulimia. Our bulimia treatment teams consist of specialist psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and other highly skilled eating disorder professionals, who are dedicated to delivering evidence-based bulimia treatment at our specialist hospitals and wellbeing centres. The aim of the bulimia treatment that we offer at Priory is to empower you to identify the causes and underlying triggers for your destructive eating habits, address dysfunctional thought patterns and behaviours, develop a healthy relationship with food, and enable you to return to a positive and fulfilling way of life.

Highly qualified bulimia treatment specialists

Our eating disorder specialists possess extensive experience in the treatment of bulimia nervosa and are able to deliver a wide range of tried and tested therapeutic interventions in order to reduce your bulimia symptoms and take steps towards a full and sustainable recovery. Our Priory experts understand that eating disorders are complex conditions and unique to each individual. Therefore, we pride ourselves on providing individually tailored bulimia treatment, which is personalised according to the needs and requirements of each individual who seeks support with us. Each patient will benefit from a bespoke package of care and you will be placed at the centre of your bulimia treatment and recovery journey, in order to ensure that you receive a truly personalised treatment experience and achieve the most positive outcomes for you as an individual.

Without timely, expert treatment and therapy, your bulimia may become progressively worse over time and continue to have a hugely detrimental effect on all areas of your life, including your performance at work, your ability to function effectively on a day-to-day basis, as well as your physical and psychological health. In addition, bulimia nervosa not only impacts on your own wellbeing, but also has the potential to affect your whole family and your relationships with loved ones. Family members often find it extremely difficult to understand the destructive behaviours that are associated with bulimia, which can lead to arguments, stress and ongoing problems. Therefore, at Priory, we are committed to involving family and friends throughout the bulimia treatment and recovery process, as a means of providing further support, care and education in relation to this destructive illness.

Whilst it can be overwhelming and daunting to seek expert psychological support for your bulimia, it is the most crucial step that you can take to overcome this devastating eating disorder, identify and address the sources for your unhealthy eating habits, and take steps towards the productive and bulimia-free life that you deserve.

Treatment for bulimia nervosa at Priory

All of the treatment that we provide at Priory is bespoke to your unique needs, requirements and circumstances. In the context of bulimia nervosa treatment, our personalised approach empowers you to address the underlying causes for your unhealthy bingeing and purging behaviours, recognise triggers, acquire effective coping mechanisms, and take steps towards a happy, healthy and more fulfilling life.

The type and length of the bulimia treatment that you will receive at Priory, depends upon the nature and severity of your condition, as well as your personal needs. We are able to deliver high quality bulimia treatment in an outpatient, day care or inpatient (residential) capacity, which will be recommended based upon the intensity of the bulimia help and support that you require. You can read more about these different treatment options on our approach to eating disorder treatment page.

Our dedicated treatment environments are highly compassionate, supportive and non-judgemental, and provide you with the ideal setting in which to receive expert therapy, address your challenges, and take steps towards a positive future. In addition, Priory’s extensive national network of specialist hospitals and wellbeing centres mean that we are able to offer you the support that you need in a way that can be flexible around your existing commitments, and in a location that is convenient for you.

This page was clinically reviewed by Dr Pippa Hugo (MBChB, MRCPsych) in July 2018, and is scheduled to be reviewed again in July 2020. To view all Priory bulimia specialists, please click here.

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