Bulimia nervosa is a relatively common eating disorder in Western society. This eating disorder is defined by criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition, as lack of control over eating, eating more than most would eat at a given time, and recurrent/inappropriate methods used to prevent weight gain. Recurrent episodes of binge eating are associated with emotional distress, depression, mental anguish and a sense of loss of control, and the need to get rid of the excess calories consumed during eating binges. The compensatory behavior to get rid of the excess calories may involve abusing laxatives, self-induced vomiting, intense exercise that is joyless, abuse of diuretics, use of appetite suppressant or use of medications to speed up metabolism. Treatments include cognitive behavioral psychotherapy as well as antidepressants; however, relapse is common.
The goal of this bulimia nervosa continuing education program is to provide pharmacists, athletic trainers, fitness professionals, health educators, and physicians with knowledge about the clinical aspects of managing patients with bulimia nervosa. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Identify physical and emotional signs and symptoms of eating disorders, specifically bulimia nervosa
- Discuss the complications of bulimia nervosa
- Describe pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management strategies for patients with bulimia nervosa
This course is intended for multiple professions, including pharmacists, pharmacy techs, athletic trainers, fitness professionals, health educators, and physicians.
Pharmacy techs: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
OnCourse Learning is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy (provider # 50-1489).
Type of Activity: Knowledge
Initial Release Date: 10/05/2016; Planned Expiration Date: 10/05/2019
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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