Research Round #1 - Bulimia Nervosa (eating disorder)

     Hi, Everyone! Recently, I have decided to change my overall inquiry project a little so, there would be more to research on. The topic is: " how the recovery path of Bulimia Nervosa is different from other emotional disorders. This will provide me with lots of information and even more topic to research on, making this topic even more interesting. So, here is my research round!


Lets take a look at what an emotional disorder is first: 

An ethical disorder refers to a phschological disorder that and affect the person's emotions, for example anxiety or OCD. This often can disrupt that person's life, in school and often make it hard for them to get a job as well. Emotional disorder can be more easily defined as a disorder of emotions. (1)

What can cause an emotional disorder?

The causes of emotional disorders are still being studied, but here is a list of possible causes of an emotional disorder:

  • heredity 
  • brain disorder
  • diet
  • stress
  • family functioning 

This can affect anyone and age, no one is immune from this or has higher chances of getting it. Although mental disorders and emotional disorders are still being tested. (2)

Symptoms of having an emotional disorder:

Here is a list of symptoms that mayo staff clinic believe to be true

  • Feeling sad or down
  • Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate
  • Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt
  • Extreme mood changes of highs and lows
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities
  • Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping
  • Detachment from reality (delusions), paranoia or hallucinations
  • Inability to cope with daily problems or stress
  • Trouble understanding and relating to situations and to people
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Major changes in eating habits
  • Sex drive changes
  • Excessive anger, hostility or violence
  • Suicidal thinking 

these symptoms may not all occur but that do defiantly occur within lots of the patients who have emotional disorders. (3)


Here is a list of some common emotional disorders and how they are treated: 


people suffering with ADHD often suffer with short attention spans, they cannot focus at all and any slight distraction can lead them of course. although ADHD cannot be fully cured, there are some different things that can be done help help people with add, some of which includes: 

  • Behavior therapy
    • this is to eliminate the bad behaviours this person can have, the therapist will talk to the patient and figure out what kinds of bad behaviours they are dealing with and come up with the best way the help
  • Medications
    • medication affects different people with a variety of effects, some of the most common medication used are stimulants and non-stimulates
  • School accommodations and interventions
    • the school can also help the kids who suffers with ADHD to make sure they are on top of their school work and understand what they are expected to do. Most importantly understand what is happening in class as well. A school counsellor may also be in charge of the situation and take care of that student. (4)(5)



People with autism often struggle with speech, behaviour and non-verbal communication skills, but they often have strengths in some areas like math or history. There are many types of autism. (6) 

People has different types of autism, and the path to treat if for each person is different. Most of the treatment options offered for autism is similar to the treatment play for ADHD. there is one however that is different:

  • Specialized therapies 
    • these therapies can include speech therapy as well as behavioural therapy that can allow the person to have better understandings of the areas they are not good at and help them improve social skills as well. (7)


Bi-polar Disorders

This is a disorder that can cause random swings in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out tasks. this is another disorder that makes it extremely Gard for the person to concentrate on what is going on because of this change in personality as well. 

some treatment plans could be given to people with extremely complicated bi-polar disorders. 

  • medication 
    • Mood stabilizers
    • Atypical antipsychotics
    • Antidepressants

some of thee medication have side effects and before taking these medication, the patient should consult with the doctor and figure out if they should take these medication or not and if this will affect their health.

  • psychotherapy
    • according the the international institute of national health, these are some ways for psychotherapy
    • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
    • Family-focused therapy
    • Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy
    • Psychoeducation (8)



  4. http://www.kidsmentalhealth.or...emotional-disorders/


Original Post

Hey Grace,

Great research round! I can't believe how much information was in your post. I think a main difference in recovery between Bulimia Nervosa and an emotional factor is that I believe Bulimia can be cured with a lot of therapy while another disorder like Autism can also be cured with therapy but it could required surgery too. (the website below has more information on Autism's cure) I personally have never met a person with Bulimia but I can't imagine the pain they are going through. Here's some links on recovery of Bulimia and Autism.


I can't wait for your next round of research!

Hey Grace Great way to start off your cycle! To begin I did not know very much about emotional disorders and to say the least I did not know ADHD, Autism and Bi-Polar disorders were emotional disorders. Reading your posts have opened my eyes to the larger world of mental and emotional disorders. Learning about these different emotional disorders and how they can be treated gave me a better understanding of how one who lives with such emotional disorders would go about living their daily life. Great work as always, I cannot wait to read your next post!

Good Luck!

Add Reply