Treating bulimia nervosa in the context of gender dysphoria using 10-session cognitive behavior therapy

Mikaela Cibich, Tracey Wade

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Abstract

Objective: This case report describes the psychological treatment for bulimia nervosa of a 16-year old with co-occurring gender dysphoria. He reported restricting his food intake and purging for approximately 1 year prior to therapy commencing. Method: Ten sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy for eating disorders (CBT-T) were conducted with accommodations for gender-specific body dissatisfaction. Results: The client eliminated binging and purging from the second treatment session and had maintained this at the 3-month follow-up. The quantity and variety of foods he was eating had increased and he no longer reported subjective binges. Improvements were also evident in his depression, anxiety and stress symptoms. Discussion: This suggests that bulimia nervosa may be effectively treated with CBT-T in the context of gender dysphoria. Further research that investigates the generalizability of these outcomes would be beneficial.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)602-606
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume52
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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