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How long does it take for binge eating disorder treatment to start to work?

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You may not see improvement in your first weeks of treatment. Know that most people reduce their bingeing within 6 weeks or so and continue to improve with time. If you stick with treatment and still don’t have the results you’re hoping for, don’t give up. There are many treatment options you can try. Sometimes, just switching therapists or going from individual therapy to group therapy can make the difference.

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Aguera, Z., , November 2013. BMC Psychiatry

The Charis Center for Eating Disorders at Indiana University Methodist Hospitals: “Levels of Care.” 

Angela Guarda, MD, director, Johns Hopkins Eating Disorders Program.

Iacovino, J., ugust 2012. Current Psychiatry Reports, A

Sondra Kronberg, MS, RD, clinical nutrition therapist; spokeswoman, National Eating Disorders Association; founder and nutritional director, Eating Disorder Treatment Collaborative Nutrition Counseling Specialists and Eating Wellness Programs, Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York City.

Mayo Clinic: “Binge-Eating Disorder: Complications,” “Binge Eating Disorder: Coping and Support,” “Binge-Eating Disorder: Treatments and Drugs.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Weight-Control Information Network: “Binge Eating Disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Eating Disorders: Binge-eating Disorder.”

Jennifer J. Thomas, PhD, co-director, Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2019

SOURCES:

Aguera, Z., , November 2013. BMC Psychiatry

The Charis Center for Eating Disorders at Indiana University Methodist Hospitals: “Levels of Care.” 

Angela Guarda, MD, director, Johns Hopkins Eating Disorders Program.

Iacovino, J., ugust 2012. Current Psychiatry Reports, A

Sondra Kronberg, MS, RD, clinical nutrition therapist; spokeswoman, National Eating Disorders Association; founder and nutritional director, Eating Disorder Treatment Collaborative Nutrition Counseling Specialists and Eating Wellness Programs, Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York City.

Mayo Clinic: “Binge-Eating Disorder: Complications,” “Binge Eating Disorder: Coping and Support,” “Binge-Eating Disorder: Treatments and Drugs.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Weight-Control Information Network: “Binge Eating Disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Eating Disorders: Binge-eating Disorder.”

Jennifer J. Thomas, PhD, co-director, Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2019

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