Are you asking how do they bring your potassium levels back to normal or how do they diagnose Bulima? I'll assume the latter. Bulimia is diagnosed upon symptoms and behaviour. Chemical imbalances such as low potassium is often the result of repeated vomiting. If your levels are low (hypokalemia
), you will be given potassium.
There are the key features of bulimia which Drs look out for:-
Intense preoccupation with body weight and shape.
Repetitive episodes of binge eating
Binge eating reinforces people's fear of becoming fat and leads to a cycle of repeated counteractive extreme weight control behaviour, such as:
Self induced vomiting
Laxative and diuretic
Treatment aims at solving the underlying problem. Cognitive behaviour therapy
for bulimia nervosa
(CBT-BN), is a specifically adapted for people with bulimia nervosa. Depending on age, you might be given an SSRI too.