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Questions to ask the care team

  • What are the names, roles, titles, and contact information for those who will treat the patient?
  • What other professionals will be involved in the treatment?
  • Is there any psychiatric diagnosis in addition to bulimia nervosa? How will it be treated?
  • Are there any physical complications that need to be addressed?
  • What treatment plan do you recommend?
  • What will the sequence of treatment be?
  • Are there any alternative or adjunct treatments you recommend?
  • What are the benefits and risks are associated with the recommended treatments (including drug therapy) and any alternatives?
  • What specific goals will be set for the patient's treatment plan?
  • How do you measure success for the patient?
  • What's your prognosis for the patient's chance of a full recovery? How long might it take?
  • What are your criteria for determining whether a patient needs to be partially or fully hospitalized?
  • What happens in counseling sessions? Will there be individual and group sessions? Will there be family sessions?
  • How long does each counseling session last? How many will there be? How often will they happen?
  • What contact can the patient have with family and friends through the course of treatment?
  • What are we permitted to bring when visiting? What are we not permitted to bring?
  • What should we do and who should be contacted if the patient suffers a partial or complete relapse?

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Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person engages in binge eating (eating a lot of food in a short time) followed by some type of behavior to prevent weight gain from the food that was eaten. This behavior can take two forms: self-induced vomiting, misuse of enemas, laxatives, diet pills (called purging) and excessive exercise, fasting, or diabetic omission of insulin (called non-purging). Some people with bulimia nervosa may also starve themselves for periods of time before binge eating again. Bulimia nervosa has important mental, emotional, and physical aspects that require consideration during treatment.

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