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Keywords:

  • bulimia nervosa;
  • pharmaco therapy;
  • psychotherapy

Abstract

Objective:

The purpose of this article is to review the extant treatment literature on bulimia nervosa and to offer suggestions for future research directions.

Method:

The available treatment studies regarding both pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy are reviewed.

Results:

Both pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy appear to play a role in the treatment of bulimia nervosa; however, available data suggest that cognitive behavioral therapy remains the treatment of choice.

Conclusion:

Additional work is clearly indicated regarding assisted and unassisted self-help. An enhanced form of CBT and the integrative cognitive-affective therapy both deserve further study. New approaches need to be piloted. More research is needed on treatment modeling. © 2006 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2006