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When should you see a doctor for binge eating disorder (BED)?

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Binge eating disorder can lead to stress, depression, and even suicidal thoughts. It also can set the stage for headaches, digestive problems, muscle pain, weight gain, and obesity.

A doctor can refer you to a psychologist or psychiatrist. You may need counseling or cognitive behavioral therapy to change the thoughts and actions that lead to binges. The medication lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) has been FDA-approved for BED. Doctors might also prescribe medications usually used for seizures, some anti-depressants, and the drug Contrave (naltrexone HCI and bupropion HCl), which helps to control cravings.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Binge Eating Disorder.”

National Eating Disorders Association: “Binge Eating Disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Eating Disorders.”

Gearhardt, A. , September 2011. Current Drug Abuse Reviews

Pinaquay, S. , February 2003. Obesity Research

Mayo Clinic: “Binge-Eating Disorder.”

Helder, S. , 2011. Current Topics in Behavioral Science

Fairburn, C. , May 1998. Archives of General Psychiatry

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Binge Eating Disorder.”

National Eating Disorders Association: “Binge Eating Disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Eating Disorders.”

Gearhardt, A. , September 2011. Current Drug Abuse Reviews

Pinaquay, S. , February 2003. Obesity Research

Mayo Clinic: “Binge-Eating Disorder.”

Helder, S. , 2011. Current Topics in Behavioral Science

Fairburn, C. , May 1998. Archives of General Psychiatry

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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