How to Help Someone w/ Bulimia Nervosa | Eating Disorders
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How to Help Someone w/ Bulimia Nervosa | Eating Disorders

August 19, 2019

So it can perplexing to have a friend or a
family member that you think might be struggling with an eating problem, like, Bulimia nervosa
and to think about how to help them. I guess one of the things that you might be
first wondering about is, like, is there actually something on? Does my friend or loved have an eating problem
like Bulimia? And, you know, sometimes a person that might
be struggling with this is not going to be perfectly forthcoming with you, that there’s
a problem going on. But you might start to notice things. If you’re living with the person, you might
start to notice that large amounts of food are going missing from the kitchen at night
and seems sort of unexplained. You might notice that your friend or loved
one is spending large amounts of time in the bathroom, doesn’t really make since. Patients with Bulimia will often be quite
careful about trying to hind their symptoms, but sometimes there’s certain things that
can’t be hid. Sometimes the smell that comes from the vomiting
behavior can be lingering in the bathroom. And if you start to sense this on a recurrent
basis, then you’re living with a person that’s struggling with this type of problem. You might start to wonder if something’s up. People with Bulimia nervosa can also be doing
things like using laxatives or other types of dietary supplements. And that can also be a clue that something
is going on. As far as how to help the person, you know,
allowing a problem like that to go on without gently maybe trying to bring something up
at some point. You know, I think if you think something’s
going on it’s better to try to communicate that and have a conversation about it in a
nonjudgmental, gentle way rather than sort of letting it go on under your nose without
trying to address it. But people can be in various stages of readiness
for change. And sometimes people that are struggling with
that type of problem can, you know, be forthcoming about it when confronted, or when talked to
about it. And sometimes people just aren’t ready to
do that. But at least conveying that you have a concern
and that you’re willing to open a nonjudgmental ear to things that might be going on with
them is often as much as you can do as someone supporting a person with Bulimia nervosa. Certainly if you’re a support of a friend
or family member that is struggling with Bulimia nervosa and has been forthcoming with you
and expresses that they know that there’s a problem going on, one of the most important
things you can do is urge that person to try to get professional help from a mental health
professional or a treatment center that has a lot of knowledge and experience with these
eating problems. Sometimes the road to that person’s recovery
can be involving family members in a therapy. And being open to taking that journey with
a patient can be another important part of how you can help someone with Bulimia nervosa.

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  1. Sorry to hear about the bullying 🙁 That needs to STOP!!
    Believe it or not but I have a friend that is large & is suffering from Bulimia..
    I think they have a thyroid problem which really depresses them..
    Are you still in school ? If so you should talk to someone about the bullying because that is very unhealthy & should not be tolerated by anyone..
    I can not stand seeing some one getting picked on, It really upsets me..
    Hang in there & try getting help!!

  2. step 1 smoke a big joint and a few bong rips one or two blunts of og kush sour diesel bubba kush , white widow etc etc eat everything

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