Purging Disorder | Aster Springs

Purging Disorder

Women who have purging disorder will use pills or vomiting to purge the meals that they eat. Vomiting is the most common method, but some women use diuretics, enemas, or laxatives. Purging isn’t currently part of the official list of eating disorders; however, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) classifies it as an other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED). Individuals with purging disorder are obsessed with self-image and weight. They control what they eat or purge after overeating to meet impractical appearance and weight goals. Because of this behavior, they’re often underweight or overweight and suffer side effects from poor nutrition.

Health Consequences of Purging Disorder

Compared to those with anorexia, individuals with purging disorder have a normal weight. Compared to those with bulimia, they don’t eat too much before they purge. They usually eat normal portions of food and purge even after eating just a small snack. They might feel full and like they’ve eaten an excessive amount. In addition, individuals with purging disorder have distorted reactions and perceptions of meal portions. They could feel like their eating habits are out of control even though they consume small amounts. As with bulimia, however, there are numerous health risks from purging by vomiting, including bone and gastrointestinal issues. And misusing laxatives can cause bowel dysfunction. Other risks include:

How We Treat

There aren’t currently enough clinical studies to dictate a specific course of treatment for purging disorder. Since the condition has similarities with anorexia and bulimia, though, our therapists use the same methods of care which can include medication, nutrition counseling, and other types of therapy. At Aster Springs, we design treatment plans for each client based on their individual needs.
If you’d like to learn more about our purging treatment program, the compassionate team at Aster Springs is here to help. Call us at (804) 415-7603 or complete our contact form.