What is Bulimia Nervosa?
- An eating disorder in which the individual consistently follows a binge-and-purge eating pattern (Santrock, 2003)
- Frequent occurrence of binge-eating episodes, accompanied by a sense of loss of control of overeating and recurrent inappropriate behavior such as purging or excessive exercise to prevent weight gain (Butcher, Mineka & Hooley, 2004)
Frequently Asked Questions
- At what age does this usually start? Does it occur mostly in females, or is it equally represented across genders?
- How is it different from anorexia nervosa?
- Can antidepressants help reduce its symptoms?
- What are the different biological factors involved?
- How frequent should binge-eating episodes occur to be considered a problem?
- What kind of pattern is evident among bulimics?
- How does it differ from the binge-eating/purging type of anorexia nervosa?
- Can you provide an example of a case study of bulimia nervosa?
- What are its features? Which of these features are also found in other mental disorders? How about its comorbid disorders? Do these comorbid disorders have any similarities with it, especially considering the diagnostic features involved?
- Can having bulimia nervosa increase the likelihood of having a second mental disorder?
- What is the course of the disorder? What is the usual outcome of patients?
- What are the different criteria for diagnosing bulimia nervosa?
- What methods are being used by psychologists to ensure a valid diagnosis?
- What are its diagnostic features?
- Are there any differential diagnostic criteria? If so, what are they?
- Can you describe the family environment of patients?
- What are the individual risk factors for it?
- Can it affect interpersonal relationships? How? Conversely, can the quality of interpersonal relationships, in turn, lead to it? In what way?
- What are the medical complications involved in it, if any?
- Are there physical complications? What are they?
- What are the sociocultural factors for its development?
- Are there any subtypes? What are they?
- What are the different theories about it?
- What is the primary treatment for it? How effective is it? Are there any criticisms about it?