The number of women and girls suffering from eating disorders has reached epidemic proportions in the US. Bulimia nervosa, a disorder relating to the act of binging and purging, is one of the most dangerous forms of eating disorders. While these disorders have grown exponentially, treatment options are not readily available in all areas and communities. Finding a treatment program that specializes in bulimia is one of the first steps in treating this disease.

Finding Help
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If you or a loved one are suffering from bulimia nervosa and want to find help, you can start with your family doctor. While this may not be the most comfortable option, it is the option that will get you the necessary help the quickest. Your family doctor can provide you with a list of resources and referrals for outpatient care. If you do not want to speak with your family doctor for any particular reason, make an appointment to see a psychologist that specializes in eating disorders and move forward from there.

Outpatient Care
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Some experts believe that outpatient care is not as effective as intensive inpatient treatment options. If patients are limited by their location and family obligations, then outpatient services are the only thing that is available to them. Statistically speaking outpatient care has results that can be compared to inpatient success rates. Success is largely relative to the individual and the desire to become healthy again.

Team Approach
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One of the key tenets to any bulimia treatment plan is that there is a team approach to treatment, whether that treatment is inpatient or outpatient. A good treatment plan should include a holistic approach. The treatment team should include a psychologist, physician and nutritionist at the very least. Both the body and the mind need to be treated for ultimate success.

Medication
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Bulimia in itself is not a disease, it is actually the manifestation of an underlying disease like depression or post traumatic stress disorder. Medication to treat the underlying cause is typically part of the treatment plan. Counseling, coupled with medication, can help to bolster the success rate of the treatment plan exponentially.