Binge Eating Disorder - Treatment Overview
binge eating disorder includes counseling and
sometimes medicine. Goals in treating binge eating often include:
Most people with binge eating disorder need treatment, but
many people who have an
eating disorder try to keep it secret or deny that
they have a problem. Some might join weight management programs to lose weight
but do not seek treatment for binge eating or for mental health problems related to
the condition. It often is a family member or friend who convinces the person
to seek treatment.
If you think that you or someone you know
might have an eating disorder, talk to your doctor. Signs of an eating disorder
that needs treatment include binge eating, concern or embarrassment about eating
behaviors, secretive eating habits, preoccupation with weight or body image, or
an unhealthy body weight because of eating problems.
Several types of
counseling can be useful in treating eating disorders.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). This type of therapy can help you control the urge to binge eat,
especially when combined with nutritional counseling and a weight-reduction
program.1 CBT often deals with learning how to eat a
balanced diet, because this is important to recovery. Forming more regular
eating habits can help reduce binge eating.
- Interpersonal therapyInterpersonal therapy. This type of therapy can help you
examine any connection between your relationships, your emotional reactions to those relationships, and your symptoms of binge
- Dialectical behavior therapyDialectical behavior therapy.
This approach focuses on helping you manage emotions. By coping better with
life's challenges and your emotions, binge eating behaviors may decrease. This
type of therapy helps reduce binge eating that is related to
Antidepressants sometimes are used in the treatment of
binge eating disorder. They may reduce episodes of binge
eating and they may help with related
Topiramate (Topamax), which is a
medicine used to treat seizures and chronic pain, is sometimes used to reduce the urge to binge eat.