So the side affects of Purging disorder are
similar to the sides of effects from eating problems where purging is prominent like Bulimia
nervosa. Purging, typically in the form of vomiting, possibly also laxative abuse, diet
pill use, and other ways of compensating for ingestion of calories can be loaded with side
affects. So what you’re doing with most of these compensatory behaviors like vomiting
or laxative use is, you’re moving fluids in and out of the body, water and electrolytes.
You’re not really accomplishing that much as far actually changing the amount of calories
that sort of stay in the or not. This we actually know. And so what you’re doing as far as creating
side effects is, you’re creating the effects of being dehydrated. So in Purging disorder
you might feel light headed. You might feel dizzy. Your blood pressure might go down.
And you can also have other side effects that can be related to electrolyte fluctuations.
Low potassium is one of the big medical signs in purging types of problems. And low potassium
can have a whole consolation of symptoms including feeling weak and crampy. In severe cases can
lead to things like heart arrhythmia. So these types of side effects from Purging
disorder are not to be taken lightly. There are also the psychological effects of engaging
in something like Purging disorder. So the after effect of doing something in secret
so regularly, which means, you’re staying in isolation, you’re probably withdrawing
from friends and family, and keeping secrets, and that can’t feel good either, can lead
to feelings of low self esteem, isolation. So lots of side effects that come from Purging
disorder, and I can’t overstate how important it is to try to get help for Purging disorder,
other types of purging problems like Bulimia nervosa. And good help is out there.