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Bulimia (cont.)

Diagnosis of Bulimia

A history may shed light on the seriousness of the situation, depending on the person's openness regarding the length and extent of their behavior. There is some evidence that people with bulimia and other eating disorders may draw pictures of themselves differently than people without an eating disorder.

Laboratory tests may reveal problems such as low blood sugar. Many electrolyte changes can occur. Low potassium as one of the side effects of laxative or diuretic abuse is common and can be severe. This and other electrolyte changes can cause life-threatening disturbances of the heart rhythm.

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Bulimia nervosa (BN) is one of the eating disorders identified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR).

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