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Available Binge Eating Disorder Treatment Options

Binge eating disorder treatment can be very crucial because not all over-eaters are open about their disorder. Over-eaters are secretive about their status for the fear of judgment from the society. However, Binge Eating Disorder treatment can help greatly in overcoming this disease. Professional guidance from a psychologist, who is equipped with all the right knowledge and experience in treating eating disorder, can greatly help in the recovery process.

For a better understanding of what caused the binge eating disorder, a physical analysis from a medical doctor is scheduled. This is to check if there is any physical damage affecting the body because of over-eating.

There are three major approaches in treatment and ways to ending binge eating. These are Psychotherapy, Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, Family or Group therapy, and self-help. Each one has particular focus in treating the cause of the binge eating disorder.

PSYCOTHERAPY: Many focus on this type of therapy as it proven success in treating most eating disorder such as bulimia. This method is focus not only on the problem of eating disorder but with the overall emotional state of an individual. Individuals who are struggling with depression, sexual abuse, relationship problems or any substance abuse, are those who often engage in constant bingeing. They eat large amount of food even after a meal or even if they are already full, all this in a short amount of time. Years of binge eating can cause excessive weight problems and other health problems, unlike in bulimia where the individual vomit the food after eating.

The focus of psychotherapy is the emotional state and overall happiness of the individual. It includes developing happy healthy attitudes towards food and weight, and teaches approaches on how to face a difficult situation and respond appropriately. Binge eaters can highly benefit from this therapy as it teaches to love oneself, self-worth and overall satisfaction.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Unlike the psychotherapy approach, this type of therapy focuses in solving problems that connects to dysfunctional behaviors, emotions and cognitions with the use of a goal-oriented approach. Researches have proven that this approach is time-limited in making an individual understand the negative effects of their negative thinking. This means that a person who wants to try the Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT) can only go on therapy in a specific period with specific goals in mind.

The individual then have a choice either to do it in an inpatient facility or through an outpatient therapy. Most doctors recommend inpatient treatment in treating and to end binge eating disorder, because this can help track an individual’s food intake, provide healthier food and teach how to avoid situations that can makes them over-eat.

Family and Group Therapy: Support from family and friends and even from strangers who are experiencing the same problem will greatly help in recovering from binge eating disorder. Getting family members involve in the therapy will make them understand how their actions and comments affect the individual negatively by developing binge eating disorder. Friends on the other hand, can encourage developing healthier social habits that can keep the individual away from constant bingeing.

Attending a group therapy is also a proven way of treating binge eating disorder, as it makes the individual know that they are not alone in this fight against over-eating. Knowing that other people are also experiencing or experienced the same problem, can give hope for the person currently experiencing binge eating disorder. More so, this will motivate them to fight this disease positively. Belonging to a support group will not just treat binge eating disorder but will be very helpful in developing a better social life by engaging to activities that will take an individual’s attention away from constant bingeing.

Self-help: Learning how to overcome binge eating disorder yourself is something that you really can do on your own. There have been thousands of people who beat binge eating using the strategies and techniques that they learn in courses, books, and classes. If you are interested in learning how to overcome your emotional eating disorder on your own, this could be one of the most effective options as long as you stick to the plan.

Nothing will happen over night, but you will begin to see small improvements in your thinking and relationship with food over time - which is something that you will continue to build on as you progress to a 100% binge-free lifestyle.


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