Bulimia Nervosa

 

A Resource Guide

 

Family & Friends

This information is intended to help you understand the disorder, available treatment options, how well they work, how to find treatment providers, how to navigate the health insurance maze, and ways to be supportive.

Educators & Coaches

The information here is intended to help educators and coaches learn about the disorder and the resources that are available to help educate and support students affected by bulimia nervosa.

Seeking Recovery

If you have a diagnosis of bulimia nervosa and are seeking recovery, this resource is intended to provide information that can help you along the way.

Supporting Recovery

If you are family, friend, teacher, or coach to someone you believe has bulimia nervosa, the information here is intended to help you learn how to be supportive.

Bulimia nervosa is a complex eating disorder with medical and psychological aspects. Bulimia nervosa is serious and can even be life threatening. Recovery from bulimia nervosa requires not only a multidisciplinary healthcare team for treatment, but appropriate education, understanding, and support from friends, family, and others, like teachers and coaches, who interact with the affected person day to day.

Bulimia nervosa can be scary and overwhelming for all concerned. Knowing how best to help and not hinder recovery from bulimia nervosa is important to achieve the best outcome. The information here is intended to help you know how to do that.

Supporting Recovery

If you are family, friend, teacher, or coach to
someone you believe has bulimia nervosa,
the information here is intended
to help you learn how to be supportive.

Seeking Recovery

If you have a diagnosis of bulimia nervosa
and are seeking recovery, this resource
is intended to provide information that
can help you along the way.

Supporting Recovery

If you are family, friend, teacher, or coach to
someone you believe has bulimia nervosa,
the information here is intended
to help you learn how to be supportive.

Seeking Recovery

If you have a diagnosis of bulimia nervosa
and are seeking recovery, this resource is intended to provide information that can help you along the way.

Common Myths

Information for Family & Friends

Knowing how to be supportive of someone close to you who has or may have bulimia nervosa is hard. You don’t want to say or do anything that is off-putting, disrespectful, or makes wrong assumptions. The information here is intended to help you understand the disorder, available treatment options for bulimia nervosa, how well they work, how to find quality treatment providers, how to navigate the health insurance maze, and ways to be supportive.

Information for Family & Friends

Knowing how to be supportive of someone close to you who has or may have bulimia nervosa is hard. You don’t want to say or do anything that is off-putting, disrespectful, or makes wrong assumptions. The information here is intended to help you understand the disorder, available treatment options, how well they work, how to find quality treatment providers, how to navigate the health insurance maze, and ways to be supportive.


Causes

 


Prevention

 


Treatment

 


Resources

 


Glossary

 

Information for Educators & Coaches

Students often spend more waking time in school and sports activities than they do their families. Behaviors at school or in sports activities can differ from behaviors family members see at home. Educators, including teachers and guidance counselors, as well as sports coaches, may be the first to witness behaviors suggestive of bulimia nervosa. The information here is intended to help educators and coaches learn about the disorder and the resources that are available to help educate and support students affected by bulimia nervosa.

Information for Educators & Coaches

Students often spend more waking time in school and sports activities than they do their families. Behaviors at school or in sports activities can differ from behaviors family members see at home. Educators, including teachers and guidance counselors, as well as sports coaches, may be the first to witness behaviors suggestive of bulimia nervosa. The information here is intended to help educators and coaches learn about the disorder and the resources that are available to help educate and support students affected by bulimia nervosa.

Consumer Summary of Evidence on Bulimia Nervosa Treatments

ECRI Institute research analysts who are experts in evidence-based medicine analyzed a large body of published clinical studies on the different types of treatments and combinations of treatments for bulimia nervosa. This work resulted in a 400-page scientific report on how well the various treatments and combinations of treatments work. This analysis also identified areas where more research is needed to learn what works best for treating bulimia. This is a short consumer-oriented summary of the findings of the full scientific report.