CONDITIONS WE TREAT

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Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa (Bulimia) is a type of eating disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating, or over-eating. Binge eating consists of eating an excessively large amount of food within a short time frame (2 hours or less) and a lack of control over eating during the episode. Binge eating may involves several traits such as eating more rapidly than normal, eating until feeling uncomfortably full, earing large amounts of food when not hungry, eating alone due to embarrassment about how much one is eating, and feeling guilty, depressed, or disgusted after the eating period. The binge eating must occur at least once a week for 3 months to be considered a disorder. Patients with Bulimia may also exhibit purging methods such as self-induced vomiting or use of laxatives to try to “get rid” of what they ate.  They may exercise excessively to burn the calories they consumed, or alternate between periods of starvation and overeating to try to balance out the effects of binges. Other forms to control their consumption include appetite suppressants or diuretics, or “water pills” that help expel water and salt from the body through urine (Sharan & Sundar, 2015). Bulimia differs from anorexia nervosa in that the weight loss associated with the eating disorder is typically not as apparent because rather than restriction as a means of controlling body weight in Anorexia, individuals with Bulimia often ingest and process significant numbers of calories.  It is not uncommon for people with Bulimia to maintain a healthy weight.  However, many health complications can arise from the binge eating and purging methods used.  Anxiety, withdrawal, isolation, and depression can be secondary to Bulimia due to shame, social avoidance, and significant amount of time and preoccupation to continue the bingeing and purging behaviors.  Integrative treatments including therapy, neurofeedback and medication management can successfully treat the disorder.

Sharan, P., & Sundar, A. S. (2015). Eating disorders in women. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 57(Suppl 2), S286–S295. http://doi.org/10.4103/0019-5545.161493

What We Don’t Treat

We are not an emergency clinic. We are an outpatient provider so we do not have inpatient facilities. We are not a hospital and do not provide detox services for addictions. We do not treat schizophrenia or brain disorders related to advancing age such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. We are not contracted with any court system and do not provide court ordered services related to child custody or other matters.

ADHD affects 11% of school-age children (4-17) and symptoms continue into adulthood in more than 75% of children. Boys are over twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD (13.3%) compared to girls (5.6%)

Source: National Resource Center on ADHD

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