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How can I treat depression from binge eating?

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Some treatments for binge eating disorder can stop both the unhealthy eating and the sad mood that sometimes comes with it. These include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which helps you feel better about yourself and stops the negative feelings that lead you to binge
  • Antidepressants, which can improve your mood and might also help against bingeing

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Diabetes Symptoms."

American Heart Association: “Obesity.”

ANAD: "Binge Eating Disorder."

Binge Eating Disorder Association: "Treatment Options and Providers."

Cleveland Clinic: "Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease."

Cynthia Bulik, PhD.

McElroy, Susan L. , 2012. Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management

NAMI: "Binge Eating Disorder," "Symptoms, Causes and Diagnosis."

National Diabetes Education Program: "4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes."

NHLBI: "High Blood Cholesterol: What You Need to Know," "What are the Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity?"

Raevuori, A. , July 2014. International Journal of Eating Disorders

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Binge Eating Disorder."

UpToDate: "Binge Eating Disorder in Adults: Overview of Treatment," "Bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder in adults: Medical complications and their management," "Eating Disorders: Overview of Treatment."

World Health Organization: "Cardiovascular Diseases."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 09, 2017

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Diabetes Symptoms."

American Heart Association: “Obesity.”

ANAD: "Binge Eating Disorder."

Binge Eating Disorder Association: "Treatment Options and Providers."

Cleveland Clinic: "Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease."

Cynthia Bulik, PhD.

McElroy, Susan L. , 2012. Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management

NAMI: "Binge Eating Disorder," "Symptoms, Causes and Diagnosis."

National Diabetes Education Program: "4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes."

NHLBI: "High Blood Cholesterol: What You Need to Know," "What are the Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity?"

Raevuori, A. , July 2014. International Journal of Eating Disorders

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Binge Eating Disorder."

UpToDate: "Binge Eating Disorder in Adults: Overview of Treatment," "Bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder in adults: Medical complications and their management," "Eating Disorders: Overview of Treatment."

World Health Organization: "Cardiovascular Diseases."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 09, 2017

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