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Nutritional Rehabilitation

Nutritional rehabilitation involves several strategies, including
  • Establishing a pattern of regular, non-binge meals
  • Improving attitudes related to the eating disorder
  • Encouraging healthy (but not excessive) exercise
  • Resolving co-occurring conditions, such as mood or anxiety disorders.


These types of therapy have been reported to be effective for bulimia treatment:
  • Individual psychotherapy (especially cognitive-behavioral or interpersonal psychotherapy)
  • Group psychotherapy that uses a cognitive-behavioral approach
  • Family or marital therapy.

Medications Used for Treating Bulimia

Psychotropic medications, primarily antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), have been found helpful in bulimia treatment, particularly in those with significant symptoms of depression or anxiety, or those who have not responded adequately to psychosocial treatment alone. These medications may also help prevent relapse.
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