Psychological Problems with Bulimia

As well as the medical consequences of suffering from Bulimia Nervosa, the sufferer is probably experiencing psychological problems that are equally debilitating and often more distressing. It is often the case that someone who develops bulimia will be experiencing one or more of the following:

  • Depression.
  • Mood swings.
  • Severe self-criticism and low self esteem.
  • Self-worth determined by weight.
  • Self-deprecating thoughts following eating.
  • Avoidance of restaurants, planned meals or social events which causes the sufferer to become isolated.
  • Low Self Esteem. This leads to feelings of inadequacy, a poor self image and perception. Many people feel guilty, fearing what others think of them and of being judged. They do not believe anything they do is good enough.
  • Sufferers often think things like, “My life would be better if I lose weight,” or that people will like them more if they do.
  • It is common for bulimia sufferers to be perfectionists. When they cannot achieve perfection in other parts of their life, they unrealistically blame themselves and find a need to ‘punish’ themselves by restriction or starvation, or bingeing and purging.