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Self Provoked Vomiting in Bulimia Nervosa – Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

Self Provoked Vomiting

If someone swallows something poisonous, inducing vomiting can sometimes be used to get that person back to normal life. A person with bulimia nervosa will binge to cope with uncomfortable feelings, feel out of control and then make themselves sick, take laxatives, induce vomiting, starve or exercise. 

What is Self Provoked Vomiting in Bulimia Nervosa ?

Most of the time, Self Provoked Vomiting in Bulimia Nervosa is due to fear of weight gain. They have an intense fear of weight gain, although they are likely to maintain a ‘normal’ body weight. Regular methods of preventing weight gain which may include self induced vomiting as they have Persistent over-concern with body shape and weight.

Signs and Symptoms of Self Provoked Vomiting in Bulimia Nervosa

Those with bulimia nervosa have signs and symptoms like Weight yo-yo’s, but is in the normal weight range. They have Imbalance of minerals in blood and Vital substances are lost when vomiting – may affect the heart. Likely to experience Kidney problems – dehydration may result if vomiting or using laxatives. After all they feels Guilt and shame about behavior they cannot control. 

Self Provoked Vomiting

What will be the Consequences ?

Consequences of Self Provoked Vomiting in Bulimia Nervosa are very dangerous. This includes Swollen salivary glands, Sore throat and sores on mouth due to acid vomit. They have Calluses on hands if the person is putting their fingers down their throat to induce vomiting.

Most of these patients Loss of stomach acid causes bloating in stomach and also have Rebound oedema may result if the person is taking in large amounts of carbohydrate. Smooth teeth occurs as a result of Acid vomit removes enamel from teeth. They have Pressure on the diaphragm to induce vomiting may rupture small blood vessels.

What is the Best treatment for Self Provoked Vomiting ?

Recommended treatment combines psychotherapy with nutritional counseling. Treatment usually begins with psychological therapy, which aims to help re-establish healthy attitudes towards eating. Two types of counseling are useful in treating bulimia. They are cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT).

Effective treatment addresses the underlying emotional and mental problem. Those People with bulimia need to explore and understand the underlying issues and feelings that are contributing to their eating disorder, and change their attitudes to food and weight.

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  1. but this Self Provoked Vomiting can be used as emergency too

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