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Pre Binge Symptoms

If you suffer from bulimia or anorexia or binge eating disorder the end of a holiday season can leave you in this fragile emotional condition.  You may attempt to use rage to wipe out these feelings. You may try to control the people around you to prove your power when deep down you feel powerless. You may want to hide under the covers or throw a tantrum.

When your gut trembles and aches with fear, when your upper arms seem to vibrate on their own, when the back of your throat aches, when what you see begins to have an unreal quality you are experiencing raw vulnerability that is a prelude to a binge/purge episode.

When Celebrities Share Their Eating Disorder Recovery Stories, Millions Listen

 

Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Sopranos Star, and Joanna Poppink, L.M.F.T.   psychotherapist specializing in eating disorder treatment, together in Los Angeles, August 14, 2002 celebrating the launching of the new book by Jamie-Lynn.
Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Sopranos Star, and Joanna Poppink, L.M.F.T. psychotherapist specializing in eating disorder treatment, together in Los Angeles, August 14, 2002 celebrating the launching of the new book by Jamie-Lynn.
Jamie-Lynn Sigler, star of the popular HBO series The Sopranos, courageously and generously shares her eating disorder recovery story through the media, her book, "Wise Girl" and as spokesperson for the National Eating Disorders Association.

Family Visits and the Holiday Season

People with eating disorders or in early or mid recovery from eating disorders call for help more often during the holidays than any other time.

Family: stimulates feeling bereft or anxious

If you are separated from family for any reason you can feel bereft.  At the same time, if you are going to be with family, you can be flooded with anxiety.

How to Help a Friend Who Struggles with Bulimia

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Bulimia Story

Again I am asked:  "How can I help my bulimic friend without her going into treatment?"

Example: (not real names) Miranda and Trudy are both in their late twenties. Each has a husband and chidren.  They've been close friends for 16 years.

Trudy recently revealed her twelve year struggle with bulimia to Miranda. Trudy refuses treament. She only confides to Miranda about the bulimia.

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