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Questions patients may want to ask treatment providers privately

  • What role will my family and friends play in treatment?
  • If I need to, can I call the therapist between sessions? If so when and how much will it cost?
  • Could I be put in a hospital against my will?
  • What can I do if I feel like I'm not improving fast enough and I think treatment is failing?
  • What can I do if my parents/husband/partner are causing me the most stress, are unsupportive, or refuse to cooperate in the care plan?
  • Will I ever be in full remission or achieve a "cure"?


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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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