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Bulimia: Treatment for bulimia nervosa is available in Center City, Philadelphia at The Center for Growth, Inc. Bulimia is characterized by a pattern of binging and purging, either through vomiting, taking laxatives, taking water pills, eating very little, or through excessive exercise. Bulimia can have a biological and psychological base, stemming from depression, anxiety, and a variety of other things. Ironically, individuals suffering from Bulimia may be of average weight to overweight. The pattern of binging and purging is not necessarily conducive to weight loss. Typical emotional signs of bulimia are mood swings, depression, OCD and anxiety. Behavioral signs include frequent trips to the bathroom during and after meals. Visual signs of bulimia are: swollen cheeks, bad breath, and teeth that appear clear. Internally, bulimics are seriously damaging their throat and esophagus. Bulimia left untreated can kill. Treatment is strongly recommended.

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5 Steps to Mindful Eating

Posted by: Shayna Alper, Intern

Mindful Eating

Food is not only a way to nourish your body, but has also become a way to socialize, cope, and entertain. Society has placed more attention on what…


Your First Anxiety and Depression Support Group

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

What to Expect in Your First Anxiety Depression Support Group at The Center for Growth / Therapy in Philadelphia :

    In the beginning of the Anxiety and Depression group…


What it means to be your authentic self

Posted by: Aimee Wood, LCSW

What it means to be your authentic self 

 

Authentic self means:

Being your true authentic self means what you say in life aligns with what your actions. Your authentic self goes beyond…


Body Image Basics

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Body Image Basics

 

While some men may indeed suffer with body image issues, this tip is specifically written for women.  Imagine a continuum with extremes at either end:

Anorexia nervosa or…


Eating Disorders & Sexual Trauma

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Most of the tips on sexual trauma and eating disorders can be found at:

http://www.sextherapyinphiladelphia.com/eating-disorders-and-sexual-trauma

to schedule an appointment with an eating disorder therapy / sex therapist call 267-324-9564


Mirror checking and the Traps for Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Posted by: Aimee Wood, LCSW

Therapy in Philadelphia: Mirror checking and the traps for Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Mirror checking is a common ritual performed by people with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Close to ninety percent…


What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

Posted by: Aimee Wood, LCSW

Body Dysmorphic Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia: What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a severe preoccupation with one or more aspects of one’s appearance. People with body dysmorphic…


Women and Body Image Exercise

Posted by: Aimee Wood, LCSW

Body Image Therapy in Philadelphia: Women and Body Image: How to Restructure Your Thinking by Nurturing your body 

When it comes to our own perception of our body image, many people tend…


Poor Body Image and Thought Records

Posted by: Aimee Wood, LCSW

Center for Growth / Body Image Therapy in Philadelphia: Completing a Thought Record to Address Poor Body Image

It is common for individuals living in Philadelphia to struggle with self-confidence about their…


Sleep and Binge Eating

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Binge Eating Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia: Sleep and Binge Eating: 

In the U.S., the prevalence of obesity across the board—men, women, all age groups, income levels and ethnicities—is quickly increasing. Sixty-five…


Benefits of Group Therapy for Eating Disorders

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Support groups can deepen one’s understanding of an issue through the process of group interaction. In a support group participants will interact with peers who are struggling with similar concerns…


Common Patterns in Women’s Groups for Emotional Eating

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

What are common patterns in women’s groups for emotional eating? * Feeling that one is too needy.* A need to be liked by everyone.* A need to put other people primary.*…


Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

What is Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS)? An eating disorder not otherwised specified was created for symptoms that do readily fit into the standard category of anorexia or bulimia…


A Doctors Visit for Bulimia Nervosa Typically Includes

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Bulimia Nervosa Treatment in Philadelphia

A doctors visit for bulimia nervosa typically includes:  

* A complete blood count and a study of Electrolytes*  A Electrocardiogram* Thyroid studies*…


Anxiety Disorders and Bulimia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

People struggling with Bulimia Nervosa frequently also experience an anxiety disorder. Typically this manifests as an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, simple phobia or even PTSD.  

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Unlike Obsessive-Compulsive…


Bulimia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Bulimia Nervosa is a Psychological disorder characterized by preoccupation with body image and binge eating followed by some type of purging (e.g. laxative abuse, vomiting) in an attempt to compensate…


Bulimia Nervosa and Substance Abuse

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Twenty percent to thirty-seven percent of women with Bulimia also have a problem with Substance Abuse. Twenty two percent of women with Bulimia have a problem with Alcohol Abuse. 

Many…


Common Patterns of People with Bulimia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Common tendencies of people with Bulimia Nervosa:

* Irritability* Low self esteem ( self esteem workout)* A self critical nature* Impulsivity* Difficulty managing stress* Anxiety* Difficulty with intimate relationships*


Compensatory Behaviors used in Bulimia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

The most common Compensatory behaviors (not including excessive exercise) used in Bulimia Nervosa are (in order of most prevalent to least prevalent)

* Self-induced vomiting* Laxative abuse* A combination of Laxative…


Helping a Friend Family Member or Significant Other Overcome Bulimia

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

           Helping a friend, family member or significant other overcome bulimia /  Remember Bulimia is difficult to detect

Signs of Bulimia Nervosa often include, but are not…


How common is Bulimia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

How common is Bulimia Nervosa? Bulimia affects 1% to 4% of the population.    It is more common than Anorexia but usually more difficult for friends and family…


Medical Complications Associated with Bulimia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Medical Complications Associated with Bulimia Nervosa: remember always talk to your medical doctor if you or someone in your care has Bulimia Nervosa.  Make sure the doctor is informed about…


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER: Approximately one-third to one fifth of people suffering from anorexia are diagnosed with an obsessive-compulsive disorder.  (Similarly, people struggling with the different addictions, gambling addiction, sex addiction, d/a addiction also…


Personality Disorders Commonly Associated with Bulimia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Personality Disorders Commonly Associated with Bulimia Nervosa

AVOIDANT PERSONALITY DISORDER (personality disorders commonly associated with bulimia nervosa): As described earlier People with this personality avoid situations due to their social…


Personality Traits Associated with Bulimia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Personality Traits Associated with Bulimia Nervosa

*  High reward dependence:  People with high reward dependence tend to be compassionate and social.  They can be sensitive, intuitive, and empathetic to the…


Recovering from Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Recovering From Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder

My Doctor states that I am overweight. Will I gain or lose weight in recovery?   During the process of recovering from Bulimia…


Strategies for Parents of Children with an Eating Disorder

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Parenting Help in Philadelphia: Strategies for parents of children with an eating disorder to help them recover 38 Strategies for parents of children with an eating disorder (Anorexia, Bulimia, or binging or…


Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Bulimia Nervosa Treatment in Philadelphia: Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa 

* Repeated episodes of binging; A PERSON CONSUMES an unusually large AMOUNT OF FOOD WITHIN a RELATIVELY short period of time…


Tips for Recovering from Bulimia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Tips For Recovering From Bulimia Nervosa: Twenty Two Tips on How to Recover from Bulimia Nervosa and Questions to Ask Yourself

* Write information about your binges.  Write the time, place, and…


Treatment of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Treatment of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders 

Suggestions for the professional who is working with cilents who are suffering from Bulimia Nervosa and / or


Critical Weight

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Critical Weight what does critical weight mean? Critical weight is the minimum weight a person needs to be for their body to maintain a minimal level of health.  Critical weight…


Will I Gain or Lose Weight in Recovery

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

My Doctor states that I am overweight. Will I gain or lose weight in recovery? During the process of recovering from Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder some people lose…


Losing Weight

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Eating Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia: Losing Weight 

The exact amount of calories a person needs to consume a day depends upon personal data such as age, height, activity level, muscle mass…


Recognize and Respond to an Eating Disorder

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Recognize and respond to an eating disorder: Beyond Health, Beyond Beauty in today’s world, you can barely go anywhere or do anything without having a certain body-image ideal brought to…


Do I Have an Eating Disorder

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Eating Disorder Treatment / Do I have an eating disorder? Do you feel uncomfortable with the way you look? Do you obsess with weight and numbers, calories, and exercise. Do you…


Admiring People with an Eating Disorder

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Eating Disorder Myth: I should admire people who ignore their hunger False

Food is fuel and each person’s body needs food to nourish their body. People who do not “give in…


Changing All or Nothing Thinking

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia: Changing All or Nothing Thinking

How do I change ‘all or nothing thinking’? to change all or nothing thinking, start by identifying when you are thinking in all or…


Dieting and Weight Loss Quiz

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

How accurate are your perceptions about dieting and weight loss? Take the Dieting and Weight Loss Quiz to find out.

1) Dieting is good True or False

2) If you want to…


Eating Disorder Feeling List

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Eating Disorder Treatment Help

Eating disorder feeling list: observe and recognize your feelings. Learn to build a vocabulary for your feelings.

Are You Feeling? Sad   Disappointed   Defeated   Frustrated  …


Emotional Eating Quiz

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Emotional Eating Quiz: to determine if you are an emotional eater, ask yourself the following questions

* 1) Do you eat food instead of processing negative or overwhelming emotions?* 2)…


Exercise

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Healthy types of exercise. Ideal for people who are elderly, suffer from chronic pain, or are recovering from an illness or an eating disorder.

What type of exercise should I be…


Amount of Fat You Should Consume to Lose Weight

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Amount of fat you should consume if you are trying to lose weight: 25% to 30% of your calories should come from fat. Without enough fat the body has difficulty…


Body Mass Index (BMI)

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia: Body Mass Index (BMI) The formula for BMI is used to determine whether someone is within a healthy weight range. Remember that BMI is a good general guide, but…