• "Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up." — Brené Brown

  • Bulimia Nervosa

  • 307.51 (F50.2) Bulimia Nervosa is defined as recurrent episodes of binge eating. An episode of binge eating is characterized by BOTH of the following: (1) Eating in a discrete amount of time (ex: within a 2 hour period) an amount of food that is definitely larger than what most individuals would eat in a similar period of time under similar circumstances. (2) Sense of lack of control over eating during an episode.

    Bulimia Nervosa is further defined as (1) recurrent inappropriate compensatory behavior in order to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting; misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or other medications; fasting; or excessive exercise. (2) The binge eating and inappropriate compensatory behaviors both occur, on average, at least once a week for three months. (3) Self-evaluation is unduly influenced by body shape and weight. The disturbance does not occur exclusively during episodes of anorexia nervosa.

  • Professional care is usually required to break the highly addictive binge/purge cycle of bulimia. Treatment typically begins with outpatient therapy from a counselor experienced in treating eating disorders. Although this can be effective, it is not unusual for patients to require a higher level of care, where their behavior can be monitored.

  • The cornerstone of treatment at Be is a complete focus on the individual. Each patient has an individualized treatment plan curated by a team of professionals. We treat girls and women in all age ranges, from young girls and teens through adult women suffering from bulimia.  Along with the treatment of bulimia, the team often also treats co-occurring illnesses such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and trauma; and you have the opportunity to engage in experiential treatments such as art, body image, yoga therapies, in addition to individual and group therapies.