A broad and diffuse variety of information is currently available regarding eating disorders, from books to magazines to self-help sourcebooks to journal publications. The term eating disorder has become a customary term encountered in magazines, journal publications, the media, and current legislation and it is often discussed within homes. In modern research, scholars and clinicians identify an eating disorder as an actual illness in that it results in serious disturbance in the quality of an individual’s life. Bulimia Nervosa (BN) is an eating disorder that is characterized by binge-eating and compensatory behaviors that attempt to promote weight loss. Many individuals who suffer from BN struggle with various psychological disturbances including but not limited to body image, fear of obesity and denial of the seriousness of the disorder. Often times, the individual engages in behaviors such as self-induced vomiting, excessive use of laxatives, excessive exercise, or fasting for extended periods of time. The effects of these unhealthy weight regulating behaviors can seriously damage the digestive tract, cause involuntary elimination, and possible gastric ruptures. There are many other problematic conditions that can develop over time such as altering the structure and function of the heart and other major organs. Many individuals experience physiological abnormalities such as electrolyte deficiency and/or chemical imbalances. During periods of binge eating, the individual engages in eating what is considered excessive amounts of calorie-rich foods; soon after, they feel that they have lost control and due to the shame they feel, engage in physiologically harmful behaviors. Having an eating disorder often leads to frustration on the part of the individual and his/her family, friends, and clinicians. Research informs that individuals who present with a diagnosis of BN require a comprehensive treatment approach to achieve sustainable results.
|School:||The Chicago School of Professional Psychology|
|Department:||Applied Clinical Psychology|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-B 79/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral psychology, Psychology|
|Keywords:||Bulimia nervosa, DBT|
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