Bulimia often starts during the teens, although not always. It effects both sexes but is more common than in women. You can develop bulimia if you have had anorexia in the past.
Bulimia is linked with emotional problems and how you feel about yourself. If you have bulimia, you try to keep your weight as low as possible. You will often binge eat and then try to make up for the amount you have eaten. You might do this by vomiting and/or taking laxatives. This is often referred to as ‘purging’. You may starve yourself or exercise excessively to work off the calories.
I have helped many clients with bulimia, typically building up self esteem, re-framing body image and using Mnemodynamic Therapy –
Together therapist and client use the unconscious mind as a resource of wealth to promote healing.
“…. we are of opinion that the psychical trauma or the memory of it acts as a kind of foreign body constituting an effective agent in the present even long after it first penetrated …
“The discovery that we made, at first to our own great surprise, was that when we had succeeded in bringing the exciting event to clear recollection and had also succeeded in arousing with it the accompanying affect, and when the patient had related the occurrence in as detailed a manner as possible and had expressed his feeling in regard to it in words, the various hysterical symptoms disappeared at once, never to return. Recollection without affect is nearly always quite ineffective; the original psychical process must be repeated as vividly as possible, brought into Statum Nascondi and then ‘talked out’. In the case of excitation phenomena … the symptoms appear again during this repetition in full intensity and then disappear for ever….”
(Freud S. and Breuer J. “On the Psychical Mechanism of Hysterical Phenomena” (1893) from Sigmund Freud, ‘Collected Papers’, Vol 1. (1924), Hogarth Press, London (first published in the Neurologisches Zentralblatt, 1893, nos 1&2. [Translated by John Rickmann] )
In other words we can remove the emotional charge from events in the past and use the energy to create a better tomorrow