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bulimic? or not..

By November 7, 2010 - 2:50pm
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I'm bipolar and depending on how I'm feeling that day, I like to binge and purge but not everyday. Only sometimes when I get anxiety about my weight or if I have something special planned. Do you think its an eating disorder or more like a symtom of my bipolar?

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sickgirl13 - Bulimia is an illness in which a person binges on food or has regular episodes of significant overeating and feels a loss of control. The episodes do not have to occur every day for a person to have bulimia. Treatment for bulimia often includes the use of antidepressants, and the condition typically also includes a diagnosis of major depression. Your bipolar illness could therefore be a contributing factor to your eating disorder.

Bulimia can be dangerous and lead to serious medical complications over time. For example, frequent vomiting puts stomach acid in the esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach), which can permanently damage this area.

Possible complications include:

* Constipation
* Dehydration
* Dental cavities
* Electrolyte abnormalities
* Hemorrhoids
* Inflammation of the throat
* Pancreatitis

It would be in your best interest to seek treatment for your bulimia. We wish you well. Pat

November 7, 2010 - 6:20pm
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