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Purging Disorder Treatment

If left untreated, Purging disorder can become life threatening.

What is Purging Disorder?

Purging disorder is an eating disorder where the main characteristic is recurrent purging in an attempt to prevent weight gain.

Purging Disorder Behavior

The most common form of compensatory behavior for individuals suffering from Purging disorder is vomiting. An individual suffering from Purging disorder usually induces vomiting directly following any food eaten.

For individuals with Purging disorder, the act of purging may temporarily reduce the feeling of fullness, temporarily relieving their fear of weight-gain. Some individuals with Purging disorder even look forward to their purges, as they enjoy the feeling of release the purging behavior temporarily affords.

Compensatory Behaviors for Purging Disorder

Individuals with purging disorder also engage in other compensatory behaviors in order to prevent them from gaining weight. These behaviors include:

  • laxatives
  • fasts
  • enemas
  • strict diets
  • diuretics
  • vigorous exercise
  • diet pills
  • ipecac
  • chew-spitting
  • insulin abuse

A Feeling of Fullness

Unlike Anorexics, individuals with Purge disorder are not significantly underweight and will usually fall within a typical weight range for their height and age. Purging disorder is differentiated from Bulimia in that individuals with Purging disorder do not participate in large, out of control bingeing.

Those with Purge disorder report greater fullness and stomach discomfort than Bulimics. Individuals suffering from Purging disorder may feel they have over eaten and often describe feeling a loss of control over their eating but what they do consume is within the normal amount for persons in similar circumstances.

Purging Disorder Symptoms

Like Anorexics and Bulimics, those with purging disorder are also obsessively involved with their body shape and weight. An individual with Purging disorder will often obsessively check their body size and weight through frequent:

  • Weighing
  • Measuring
  • Pinching
  • Viewing oneself frequently in a mirror.

For the person with Purging disorder, the individual’s self-worth is directly tied to their body shape and weight.

Medical Complications from Purging Disorder

Medical complications from the behavior accompanying this eating disorder can be severe and even life-threatening. They can include:

  • cardiac arrhythmias
  • esophageal tears
  • electrolyte disturbances
  • gastrointestinal problems
  • dental problems

For a complete list of potential medical problems for Purging disorder, visit our Medical Complications page.

Purging Disorder Treatment and Lifelong Recovery

Purging disorder affects both the body and mind. Rader Programs understands this complexity and will help you to build the Purging disorder treatment that fits with your lifestyle. Like eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, Purging disorder is a disease and cannot be cured with willpower alone.

We offer different levels of care tailored to your individual needs including a 24-hour program, a daycare program, a family program that allows loved ones to assist in the recovery process, and continued care. Let Rader Programs design the Purging disorder treatment plan that will keep you healthy for life.

Getting Help for Purging Disorder

Eating disorders destroy lives and tears families apart. If Purging disorder is left untreated, it can be fatal. Rader Programs is dedicated to designing a Purging disorder treatment plan that rebuilds your mind, body and spirit. We will also work with you to help balance your life by improving your personal relationships. Our multidisciplinary staff provides you with personalized care around the clock to put you on the road to total recovery.

Our interdisciplinary staff works around the clock to provide you with personalized care and put you on the road to total recovery.

Let Rader Programs help you achieve a healthier, happier future.

For more information on Rader Programs’ Purging disorder treatment, Bulimia treatment program, or other treatment programs, call 1.800.841.1515 or request a free assessment today.