Bulimia Nervosa

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The psychological disorder associated with this research paper is bulimia nervosa. Bulimia nervosa is a critical psychological eating disorder; it is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating immediately followed by self-induced vomiting or purging by taking laxatives, diuretics, enemas and or taking part in excessive exercise as a way to compensate for the binge eating behaviors. In order to be diagnosed with bulimia nervosa, according to DSM-V criteria, the individual must exhibit recurrent episodes of binge eating associated with three or more factors such as eating more rapidly than usual, feeling disgusted with oneself when overeating, and eating until uncomfortably full; the binge eating must occur for at least once a week for…show more content…
While many bulimia patients believe that the act of purging will make up for their compulsive binge eating episodes, purging actually only eliminates half of the calories, if not less calories, that the patient has consumed; it is for this reason that bulimia patients tend to either maintain their weight or many times end up being slightly overweight. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Bulimia nervosa is said to target approximately 1-2% of women; although this eating disorder is not exclusive to women, approximately 80% of patients suffering with bulimia nervosa are female. Bulimia nervosa is an extremely dangerous eating disorder as it tends to affect more than just weight. According to Healthline, bulimia nervosa can lead to other detrimental health problems such as anemia, low blood pressure, tooth decay and mouth sores, broken vessels in the eyes, dry skin, ulcers, gastrointestinal problems, esophageal ruptures and stomach ruptures from excessive vomiting, irregular periods, and kidney failure due to chronically low levels of sodium (Hirsch,

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