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Where can you get support during your treatment for binge eating disorder?

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Connecting with other people who have or are going through the same experience can be helpful. You can attend group therapy, join an online support group, or even just chat regularly with someone else who’s going through treatment. Having a “partner” to call when you have the urge to binge can help you stay strong. Hearing from other people who stopped bingeing can motivate you, too.

SOURCES:

Aguera, Z., BMC Psychiatry, November 2013.

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., Current Psychiatry Reports, August 2012.

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., BMC Psychiatry, November 2013.

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., Current Psychiatry Reports, August 2012.

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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