Ozark Trails Academy understands that you want to find help now for your teen boy or girl who struggles with Bulimia Nervosa. Give us a call to learn about the effective therapies we use at our residential treatment center and boarding school.
What is Bulimia Nervosa?
We are here to help your teen who is dealing with Bulimia Nervosa, an eating disorder in which he or she cycles through periods of large food intake, alternating with fasting times. Purging (through use of laxatives, enemas or self-induced vomiting) is frequent. Bulimia is closely correlated with body dissatisfaction (and, while not unheard of with boys, is far more common in females).
Noteworthy symptoms and side effects include ulcers, constipation, tooth decay, dehydration and esophageal inflammation. Because there is not usually a striking variation in total body weight, and your teen may well be average or above average in weight, Bulimia is trickier to detect and diagnose than Anorexia.
Remedies are available, typically a combination of psychotherapy and (anti-depressant) medications. Your teen might find success in working with a dietician, too, to help establish healthier nutritional and eating routines.
As you might suppose, your teen will greatly profit from family support to help with the Bulimia Nervosa. Whether the origin is hereditary or not, body image (often a distorted one) is at the core of this disorder. Alternating menus and family eating practices can go far towards encouraging healthy habits, reducing the odds of regression after Bulimia treatment has ended.
Untreated, Bulimia can progress into many different serious, even grave complications. Digestive problems (from laxative abuse), gum disease, dehydration (possibly leading to kidney failure), depression, risky activities, and coronary problems (even heart failure) are not unheard of.
Some studies show that boys both lose and gain weight faster than girls. But whether it’s your son or daughter who is suffering with Bulimia, the faster the disorder is treated and the faster they get back to their normal growth curve, the better the long-term prognosis.
Ozark Trails—A Place of Hope, Healing and Purpose for Troubled Teens
Ozark Trails is an affordable residential treatment center that provides outstanding clinical therapy, incredible academic learning, and amazing outdoor responsibility and adventure for teen girls and boys, ages 12-17. Our program is family focused, and students receive individual treatment care by licensed clinical therapists.
Ozark Trails rests on 750 acres near Willow Springs, MO. Daily life and therapy here includes working with horses, chickens, farming, rafting, spelunking, rock climbing, hiking, wilderness learning, and so much more. With an unlimited access to spring rivers, caves, hiking, equine, and biking trails, we have the perfect balance of nature, inclusive of a large, comfortable facility to let our students feel safe in a home environment.
Again, if your teen boy or girl needs help recovering from Bulimia Nervosa please call us at (417) 278-6868 now. We want to help him or her find new positive ways to manage life’s obstacles and traumas, and discover a true change of heart.