Binge Eating Disorder FAQ
What is a binge eating disorder?
Binge eating disorder (BED) is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition characterized by recurrent episodes of consuming large quantities of food, often rapidly and to the point of discomfort. These episodes are usually accompanied by feelings of guilt and shame. Symptoms of BED typically involve behaviors such as eating quickly, eating alone, eating despite feeling full, consuming excessive amounts of food when not hungry, and experiencing distress or embarrassment while eating. Unlike bulimia, individuals with BED do not engage in purging behaviors.
When should I seek help for a binge eating disorder?
If you or your child are consuming large amounts of food uncontrollably or exhibiting signs such as secret eating, fear of eating in public, or extreme preoccupation with body weight, it’s crucial to seek a diagnostic evaluation at Breakthrough HQ. Additional warning signs may include persistent abdominal discomfort, withdrawal from activities, and rituals around food.
How does Breakthrough HQ evaluate and treat binge eating disorder?
At Breakthrough HQ, we conduct thorough assessments of your eating habits and overall mental health. Based on the evaluation, we create a personalized treatment plan to address and manage binge eating disorder. Our approach includes various therapies aimed at identifying triggers, negative thoughts, and behaviors associated with binge eating. We also provide strategies to cope with feelings of shame and guilt.
For moderate to severe cases, medication may be recommended to alleviate symptoms, and antidepressants can be considered if depression is a factor. For those dealing with weight challenges, Breakthrough HQ offers resources to support healthy weight loss and improved nutrition. Take the first step towards recovery. We are here to provide the support and guidance needed to overcome binge eating disorder and improve your overall well-being.