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what is a good replacement for binges due to too much stress?

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Dr. Bernadette Onuoha
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Reduce stress: If stress causes you to binge, try to avoid situations with the potential to cause you stress by increasing those that bring you some pleasure. If stress is inevitable, then avoid buying and/ or proximity to those foods that you're likely to binge on.
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 22 years experience
Treat the cause: Although i agree with that symptom substitution (replacing the binging with a less destructive behavior) is a good part of the plan, overall stress reduction is likely to be a more effective long- term solution. In looking for a replacement for the binging, it needs to be something you enjoy that reduces anxiety, or it's not likely to work. Best of luck!

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What is a substitute for binges due to stress?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Therapy to deal w/it: Need to learn other, more healthful responses to stress. Binges, purges, smoking, alcohol and/or drug use as response to stress are counterproductive. Learned skill to come up with other response. Learn stress reduction techniques, or meditate, or exercise, etc. Behavioral/cognitive therapy can help. Hard to break old patterns, but often can be done.
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Resolving the stress: If you're aware the stress is the source of the problem then try to find methods to reduce it. I that is not pissible, and trust me i understand some stresses can only be dealt with and not reduced at their source, consider exercise and meditation - or at least quiet contemplation...

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