Binge Eating Treatment for Women

Binge Eating Treatment for Women at JourneyPure Voyage

Women suffering from binge eating disorder (BED) experience recurring episodes of uncontrollable eating “binges” involving large amounts of food. They tend to eat rapidly, usually to the point of feeling nauseated and uncomfortably full. When overwhelmed by a binge eating episode, they feel ashamed and guilty of losing control and gorging themselves. Often no unhealthy attempts to offset the binge (such as restricting or purging) are made; although, some women may purge, or vomit, in response to a binge eating episode. Most will  feel extremely depressed, angry and helpless about their inability to control their abnormal desire to binge.

Just as seriously life-threatening as anorexia, binge eating disorder can also induce chronic health problems such as anemia, diabetes, organ damage, heart disease and cognitive impairment. You may have binge eating disorder if you eat large amounts of food alone, binge as a way to relieve negative feelings, eat because you feel disgusted at your body size and have difficulty expressing your needs and feelings. You may also be a perfectionist who works too hard just to please others.

Trauma-Focused Counseling for Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating treatment for women should be supported by mental health and food addiction counselors who use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques to help patients deal with unpleasant past experiences or trauma. By gently and compassionately urging BED patients to confront painful emotions in a controlled setting, therapists encourage patients to understand that avoiding memories of negative experiences only reinforces the use of unproductive coping behaviors, such as binge eating. In addition, counselors that specialize in treating binge eating disorder teach patients how to view negative beliefs in a different way by explaining the pros and cons of biased perceptions.

Interpersonal Therapy for Binge Eating Disorder

Interpersonal therapy (ITP) addresses mental health issues underlying all eating disorders as treatable disease that are not the fault of the patient. ITP for binge eating disorder involves identifying critical interpersonal problems negatively affecting the patient, especially unresolved grief, social isolation/lack of social skills and other issues preventing development of meaningful personal relationships.

Binge Eating Disorder and Pharmacotherapy

Combing CBT and other appropriate counseling techniques with medication may help patients with BED control their overeating episodes. Antidepressants may also be prescribed for BED patients suffering generalized anxiety disorders and/or clinical depression while they participate in a binge eating treatment program.

Regain Control of Your Life by Seeking Treatment

Individual and group therapy sessions designed to treat binge eating disorder give patients the opportunity to grow as strong, independent women empowered by their newly discovered sense of worth. We urge you to seek help today if you or a loved one suffering from binge eating disorder.

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