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Are laxatives a form of purging?

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Are laxatives a form of purging? I don’t think I have bulimia, but my therapist says he does. Could he be right? I used to throw up, but that got too hard. I binge eat very fast, then take laxatives to help keep the weight down. I am very confused right now. I don’t know what I have, but I want help for it as soon as possible. It’s consuming my ENTIRE life.

Are laxatives a form of purging?

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Yes, laxatives are a way of purging. Trust your therapist and, please, stop avoiding the issue by doing research instead of dealing. As a psych student and over 30, I know you know better. I hope you and your therapist can find a way to build your confidence so that you can face your issues and take better care of yourself. You’re worth it.

I wish you well.
Dr. Marie

Are laxatives a form of purging?

Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker

Dr. Marie is licensed as both a psychologist and marriage and family counselor. She specializes in couples and family therapy and parent education. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

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Hartwell-Walker, D. (2018). Are laxatives a form of purging?. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 20, 2019, from
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