chapter  7
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EARLY STAGES OF TREATMENT

The initial phase of therapy begins when the individual realizes she has come into contact with someone who is knowledgeable about bulimia. With many of these clients several previous attempts have been made to get help from professionals; however, these experiences often have been negative. Physicians and mental health professionals who do not have experience or knowledge of eating disorders may be incredulous or judgmental when told of the eating behavior. Frequently the woman has been told "Just stop it! All you need is will power."