When to Call A Doctor
Contact a health care professional (physician, counselor, psychiatrist) if you have symptoms of bulimia. If you do not feel comfortable doing so, talk to a trusted friend or family member about your concerns and ask them to contact someone for you.
If someone you know shows signs of bulimia, gently encourage him or her to contact a physician or mental health professional. Given the common tendency to feel shame and the desire to keep the eating disorder a private matter, it is likely that the person will be reluctant to openly acknowledge the problem. Even so, non-judgmental prompting may nudge the person to seek help, even if they don't tell you about it. For more information on how to talk to someone you suspect is bulimic, see the Additional Information section below.
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