CAUSES – An individual may be having low self-esteem and suffering with depression. The individual may actually be underweight, but when the person looks in a mirror they see a distorted image and feel heavier than they really are. They may that they cannot live up certain expectations.
TREATMENT – A number of antidepressant medications have been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of bulimia. Several studies have demonstrated that fluoxetine (Prozac), a member of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor class of antidepressants, has been effective in the treatment of bulimia. Tricyclic antidepressants, have been helpful to decrease bingeing and vomiting in people suffering from bulimia.
PREVENTION – If you feel that your self-esteem is low and you often worry about your appearance, there are trained therapists who specialize in eating disorders, body-image, and self-esteem. Look in the mirror and tell yourself that you are beautiful. Do not subject oneself to look like or better than celebrities. Maintain a healthy diet.