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Brooke Randolph, Marriage & Family Therapy, answeredTreatment of bulimia nervosa should include a multi-disciplinary team of professionals with at least one mental health professional, one medical health professional, and a registered dietitian or nutritionist. Family therapy may also be included to teach loved ones how to support the person suffering from an eating disorder; this is especially important for children and teens. Due to the complexity of eating disorders, it is strongly recommended that you find professionals that specialize in the treatment of eating disorders. Anti-depressant medications may have a small role in treatment. Initial success can be achieved in 50-70 percent of patients; however 30-50 percent relapse in six months.
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital answered
Specific treatment for bulimia will be determined by your physician based on:
- your age, overall health, and medical history
- extent of the symptoms
- your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
- expectations for the course of the condition
- your opinion or preference
Bulimia is usually treated with a combination of individual therapy, family therapy, behavior modification, and nutritional rehabilitation. Treatment should always be based on a comprehensive evaluation of the individual and family. Individual therapy usually includes both cognitive and behavioral techniques. Medication (usually antidepressants or antianxiety medications) may be helpful if the person with bulimia is also anxious or depressed. The frequent occurrence of medical complications during the course of rehabilitative treatment requires both your physician and a nutritionist to be active members of the management team. Families play a vital supportive role in any treatment process.