|Bulimia Resource Guide Summary|
|Bulimia Nervosa Resource Guide for Family and Friends|
|Maximizing Health Insurance Benefits to Pay for Bulimia Treatment|
|Mental Health Laws Affecting Bulimia Treatment|
|Find a Bulimia Treatment Center|
|Checklists and Tip Charts|
|Bulimia Nervosa Resources for Schools and Coaches|
|Selected Reference List|
|Bulimia Nervosa: Efficacy of Available Treatments|
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The patient has to be willing to undergo treatment to achieve the best chance of success.
Unless the situation is life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention or a call to 911, take time to educate yourself about the disorder first. Then try having a private, non-judgmental conversation with the person. Tell the person about the behaviors you've seen that make you worry. If the person denies the problem, be gently persistent. If denial continues, take a break. Control is often a big issue in a person with an eating disorder, and you can not successfully control his or her behavior or choices. Avoid proposing overly simplistic solutions like "Just stop overeating and you won't have to purge." Remember bulimia nervosa is a complex disorder, and it requires a team of medical and psychological clinicians to treat it. Also, forcing treatment usually does not work. The patient has to be willing to undergo treatment to achieve the best chance of success. Once the patient is in treatment, ways in which you can be supportive are in the checklists and tips.