Epidemiology

This is unknown except that, by definition, it will occur most often in association with an illness characterized by delusional beliefs or severely overvalued ideas, especially under isolated living conditions, and it is by no means rare. It is extremely important for the clinician to be on the lookout for it. He or she may be convinced that a patient is expressing delusional ideas but be thoroughly perplexed when an apparently rational relative supports the unlikely belief. This can lead to serious mismanagement of the case. Conversely, recognition of folie à deux may solve a baffling diagnostic problem and result in appropriate care for both individuals.

Breaking Bulimia

Breaking Bulimia

We have all been there: turning to the refrigerator if feeling lonely or bored or indulging in seconds or thirds if strained. But if you suffer from bulimia, the from time to time urge to overeat is more like an obsession.

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