Bulimia often starts as a way for adolescent girls to control weight, but it may lead into a way to deal with stress and frustration. Working with your doctor is essential to overcoming the condition. Here’s what to expect when you do:
>> The doctor will examine your daughter and talk with her about eating disorders.
>> Blood may be drawn to test for levels of potassium, zinc, and other nutrients that may be depleted because of vomiting.
>> If your daughter isn’t taking a stimulant for ADHD, one may be prescribed. The doctor may also check for signs of depression, and prescribe an antidepressant, if he makes a diagnosis.
>> She will be referred to a psychologist or psychiatrist, who can help your daughter identify triggers of binge eating.
>> She may be referred to a registered dietician, who can help your daughter develop a healthy eating plan. A team approach to treating bulimia is the most effective.
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