Caribbean Mountain Academy understands that you need to find help for your teen suffering from bulimia nervosa, and we are here for you. We offer your struggling teenager a fresh start and a place of healing on a beautiful Caribbean island—unplugged from negative distractions and influences. Plus, family-based counseling, Christian discipleship, meaningful service projects, fully-accredited academics, fun recreation and a supportive community of students, staff, and counselors. To learn more, call 866-318-7392.
What is Bulimia Nervosa?
We are here to help your child who is dealing with Bulimia Nervosa, an eating disorder in which he or she cycles through periods of large food intake, alternating with fasting times. Purging (through use of laxatives, enemas or self-induced vomiting) is frequent. Bulimia is closely correlated with body dissatisfaction (and, while not unheard of with boys, is far more common in females).
Noteworthy symptoms and side effects include ulcers, constipation, tooth decay, dehydration and esophageal inflammation. Because there is not usually a striking variation in total body weight, and your child may well be average or above average in weight, Bulimia is trickier to detect and diagnose than Anorexia.
How to Help Your Teen
Remedies are available, typically a combination of psychotherapy and (anti-depressant) medications. Your teen might find success in working with a dietician, too, to help establish healthier nutritional and eating routines.
As you might suppose, your teen will greatly profit from family support to help with the Bulimia Nervosa. Whether the origin is hereditary or not, body image (often a distorted one) is at the core of this disorder. Alternating menus and family eating practices can go far towards encouraging healthy habits, reducing the odds of regression after Bulimia treatment has ended.
Untreated, Bulimia can progress into many different serious, even grave complications. Digestive problems (from laxative abuse), gum disease, dehydration (possibly leading to kidney failure), depression, risky activities, and coronary problems (even heart failure) are not unheard of.
Some studies show that boys both lose and gain weight faster than girls. But whether it’s your son or daughter who is suffering with Bulimia, the faster the disorder is treated and the faster they get back to their normal growth curve, the better the long-term prognosis.
Caribbean Mountain Academy’s trained counselors and licensed therapist can help your teen girl or boy who struggles with Bulimia Nervosa. Please consider the safe healing environment, and effective therapy that we offer to help your young teen improve their life back at home, and enjoy a healthy future. Give us a call now. 866-318-7392.