Multi-Impulsive Bulimia

The term 'Multi Impulsive Bulimia' proposes a distinct subgroup of individuals, with multiple self-harming behaviours in addition to their bulimic behaviour. It suggests that the combined behaviours be treated as a single 'impulse control' issue. It was first used by J. H. Lacey and C. Evans in their article 'The Impulsivist: A multi-impulsive personality disorder', published in The British Journal of Addiction in 1986.

Multi-impulsive bulimia is not a formal diagnosis and has been challenged, but is recognised by some agencies and clinics. It may also be worth noting that it is not unknown for additional self-harming behaviours to be used by individuals suffering from bulimia nervosa as a way of coping with the distress of their bulimic condition. It should be observed that both DSM-IV and ICD-10 consider eating disorders to be a category in their own right and not impulse control disorders

Multi-impulsive bulimia is a complex area and much information can be found on the Internet, both positive and negative. As always, this should be regarded with care.


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