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How Does Bulimia Nervosa Progress?
While symptoms vary widely, people with bulimia nervosa are at risk for medical complications. Shortness of breath, chest pain, joint pain, gastrointestinal problems, menstrual problems, and headaches occur more often in individuals with either bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder than those without a psychiatric disorder.
People with bulimia often suffer from other mental health disorders:
- Depression. Some depressed people try to make themselves feel better by binge eating and purging. Depression causes disruptions in sleep, appetite, energy levels, and memory. Treatment is urgently needed if someone with bulimia and depression becomes suicidal.
- Anxiety disorders. People try to handle worry or obsessive thoughts by binge eating and/or purging. Mood disorders are common in people with bulimia.
- Alcohol or drug abuse. Many research studies have linked substance abuse and other addictive behaviors with eating disorders. Nearly one in 10 people with bulimia also have a substance abuse disorder, usually alcohol use.
Over time, bulimia causes a range of worsening medical problems:
- Fatigue and tiredness
- Irregular menstrual cycles and missed periods
- Belly pain, bloating, and constipation
- Damage to the esophagus (the tube that runs from the throat to the stomach)
- Severe tooth decay and gum disease
Bulimia often has lasting effects on reproductive health. The danger is greatest when women get pregnant during episodes of active bulimia. Pregnant women are at greater risk for miscarriage, stillbirth, diabetes, and high blood pressure, as well as birth complications and birth defects.
As the disorder progresses, bulimia can cause various medical issues, ranging from irregular heartbeat to high blood pressure, severe headaches, and seizures. Heart failure is among the leading fatal effects of bulimia. In very severe cases, dehydration can lead to kidney failure.
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