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Although it can be hard to imagine, I started thinking seriously about ending my own life a few years back. I came up with a way to do it and even scheduled things so that I wouldn't hurt anyone, but I knew that I had hit rock bottom. I began focusing seriously on getting my life back on track after a friend of mine noticed I was in trouble, and it was really incredible to witness how much better my life became. This website is all about creating happiness each and every day so that you can enjoy your time.


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Addressing The Many Facets Of An Eating Disorder: How Treatment Facilities Manage

Cindy Moreno

Eating disorders in America are much more common than you might think. One-and-one-half percent of all women in this country will have bulimia at some point in their lives. That does not seem like much, until you consider the fact that that percentage equals thirty million women. Additionally, almost all male and female patients who have bulimia may also have anorexia, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorders, or other mental health issues.

So, when you decide it is finally time to get treatment, what kinds of things can bulimia treatment facilities do to help? Clearly, they cannot force you to eat, but there is more to helping you with this disorder than just eating. Here are some of the many facets of eating disorders and how the treatment facilities can help you address them.

Eating/Not Eating

The problem with eating and then purging is that you are first giving your body what it needs (i.e., food) and then starving your body by taking away the food. Any food that you actually allow yourself to swallow and keep in your stomach the body will attempt to convert it to fat stores because you are repeatedly starving yourself. To stay alive, your body reverts to starvation mode, burning first muscle, and then fat, and finally organ tissue to stay alive.

When you are in the treatment facility, you will be required to eat something. A healthy eating plan is created to fit your current health needs. The staff will sit with you and watch you eat, making sure you are swallowing the food and keeping it down. Most of the time, you will have your own personal staff person staying in your room to make sure your half of a turkey sandwich and milk or juice stays down.


The next step is medication. Pills to increase one's appetite may be par for the course, especially if you check into the clinic with your bones sticking out of your skin. You may also be prescribed an anti-anxiety medication and/or an antidepressant. Both of these help you deal with the emotional roller coaster you are likely to experience the first one to two months in treatment. As with food, your personal nurse will watch you take the pills and then stay with you until the pills have effectively entered your bloodstream.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

The gold standard for any psychological disorder is cognitive behavioral therapy. You may have individual therapy with your therapist as an inpatient, but you may also have group therapy with others who have eating disorders. It will be up to your doctor to determine how much "talk therapy" you need.