Psychological Treatment of Eating Disorders - Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder

Psychological Treatment of Eating Disorders – part II 

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is characterized by recurrent binge eating (uncontrolled consumption of large amounts of food), compensatory behaviors to control weight gain (vomiting, laxative abuse, over-exercising), and negative self-evaluation that is unduly determined by body shape and weight. Individuals with bulimia diet in a rigid and dysfunctional manner. Their body weight is usually normal or low, however, bulimia can also occur in overweight individuals. Bulimia is associated with other psychiatric problems such as depression, anxiety, and personality disorders as well as psychosocial impairment.

DBT Treatment Components


DBT Skills Group Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Overview

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was originally developed by Marsha Linehan for the treatment of individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). In recent years many new psychotherapies have been studied for the treatment of BPD; however, DBT has been the most studied and most widely practiced of all. According to Swenson (2000), some of the reasons for DBT’s popularity are strong empirical support for the treatment, integration of four domains (biological, environmental, spiritual, and behavioral) into a unique treatment approach that appeals to many people with different backgrounds, and the synthesis of acceptance and change strategies.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy to Improve Interpersonal Skills

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Emotion Regulation

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How Therapists and Patients Perceive DBT for Treating Self-Harming and Suicidal Behavior of BPD

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Mindfulness and Developmental Disabilities

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Increasing Distress Tolerance in Treating BPD with DBT

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Mindfulness Skills in BPD Patients During DBT

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