One to three percent of Americans struggle with bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder characterized by binging and purging. While this disorder is not uncommon, especially in individuals in their early to mid-twenties, many do not receive the treatment they need. For more information on NJ bulimia treatment and how you can get help, read below.
What is bulimia?
Unlike anorexia, those experiencing bulimia nervosa do not restrict their eating. Rather, individuals with bulimia eat normal to large amounts of food regularly before inducing vomiting to prevent weight gain. (Some may also overexercise or fast.) Like anorexia, bulimia manifests from a deep fear of gaining weight, and can co-exist with other mental illnesses.
Symptoms & Signs of Bulimia
It is a common misconception that those who struggle with bulimia are very thin. Rather, individuals may appear to be of average or even more than average weight and still practice bulimic behaviors.
- Binge eating
- Habitually going to the bathroom during or after meals
- Compulsive or impulsive behaviors
- Withdrawn mood or isolation from others
- Obsession with eating, food, or body
- Apparent depression, anxiety, guilt, or self-esteem issues
- Dehydration, hunger, or fatigue
- Irregular/absent menstrual cycle in women
- Constipation or change in bowel activity
- Sore throat
- Bad breath or tooth decay/cavities
- Fluctuation in weight
GenPsych’s NJ Bulimia Treatment Program
The Healthy Eating And Living (HEAL) Program at GenPsych helps adults and adolescents (13+) who are struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and eating disorders not otherwise specified (NOS).
Learn more about anorexia treatment here.
Levels of Care
We offer Partial Care (PC) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for three to five days per week depending on the individual’s need. (Click here for hours and more.)
During program, clients will have daily supervised meals, individual and group therapy, meal planning with a registered dietitian, vital sign and weight monitoring, and medication management.
Clients receive education and skills training through Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help them decrease eating disorder behaviors, learn and apply more balanced eating, and develop healthy methods of coping with life stressors.
Clients in our NJ bulimia treatment program also participate in art and music therapy, therapeutic writing, yoga, and more.
The HEAL Program is currently offered for both adults and adolescents at our Bridgewater and Brick locations and for adults at our Lawrenceville location.
All private insurances accepted. Transportation can be accommodated for most NJ residents.