|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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"My mother could not acknowledge or accept that I was having a problem. Because I was living on my own and already in treatment, she only knew about my behavior after the fact while I was trying to recover. She didn't understand when I would ask not to have large portions or more servings, or when I did not want to come to dinner. Even with I tried to talk with her, she was not able to express anything. She had this blank look on her face like it didn't register or didn't concern her. Then two minutes later when I was ready to leave [her house], she' ask if I wanted to take home some food."
The following guidance presumes that the situation is serious, but not immediately life threatening and does not require emergency medical care or a call to 911.
Is planned "intervention" ever a viable option?Intervention is when a group of friends and family members confronts their loved one about destructive behavior, the need to acknowledge that behavior, and its impact on the person and others. Intervention has been used to confront people practicing substance abuse and also to confront people with bulimia nervosa. Sometimes, this technique can be successful in convincing a person with bulimia nervosa to start therapy, but it can also backfire and alienate the person from those closest to him or her. If you are considering intervention, the best chance of success is to work closely with a qualified profession who can help plan, organize, and facilitate it.