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Binge Eating Disorder Medicine
I've been struggling very badly with binge eating and it's cause me to become depressed. My doctor says I have a binge eating disorder but she precribed me lexapro. Do you think this is the right medicine for my problem?
People who compulsively overeat, though, may use food as their only way of coping with negative emotions. As a result, they often feel that their eating is out of control. They think about food all the time and feel guilty, ashamed, or depressed after eating.
http://www. Webmd. Com/mental-health/eating-disorders/binge-eating-disorder/features/compulsive-overeating-and-how-to-stop-it ...Read more
Binge eating is...: Binge eating disorder is characterized by eating large quantities of food, rapidly and often to the point of pain. There's a sense of a loss of control during the binge and intense feelings of shame and guilt. Bingeing is a negative coping mechanism and may be a response to anxiety or other uncomfortable emotions, or as an way to convert emotional pain to physical, or express loneliness. ...Read more
Medical problems are: Serious in binge eating just as they are in restriction of anorexia. Though weight loss is not a problem and mortality rates not nearly as high, medical problems can be very serious. Throwing up and/or constant use of laxatives can lead to erosion of teeth enamel, large bowel problems, menstrual irregularities, severe electrolyte loss and resulting cardiac problems, pancreatic irritation, and more. ...Read more
Tailored Treatment: There are many things to consider before coming up with a plan of treatment. In general, eating disorders are most effectively treated by a group of specialists working together closely in the patient's best interest. Typically, treatment involves help from medical, mental health and nutrition specialists. Good places to begin seeking more info & help: http://www. Anad. Org and http://www. Myedin. Org. ...Read more
See below: Here are 10 short strategies. Manage stress, eat three meals a day, avoid the temptation by cleaning out your cupboards and refrigerator, exercise 30 min. Fight boredom get enough sleep, keep a food diary. You can contact our dietitian at www. Weighstation. Net for further advice on how to fight your binge eating. As a side note, dill pickles have been shown to curb binges. ...Read more
Binge eating: Encourage you to try a 12 step program called over eater's anonymous. It is free, confidential, informative, supportive, ; can be effective. You will learn about your dysfunctional relationship w food as well as finding out about healthier coping behaviors. Would see your physician to determine if there are any underlying medical conditions. Working w an addiction medicine specialist can help. ...Read more
Seek therapy: BED is way of resolving a internal conflict through physical action. People think they are triggered by food but actually are triggered by emotions that lead to bingeing. They binge to numb, distract or comfort themselves. To stop, seek treatment to identify what's eating "at" you instead of focusing on what you're eating, and find new ways to respond to yourself. Recovery is possible! ...Read more
Emotional eating: Binge eating other binge behaviors are often emotional in nature. Food, in the binge eating disorder, replaces emotional connections and real relationships. It 'makes you feel better' (not really), but serves as a substitute for healthy relationships and behaviors. ...Read more
Huge Step=Talk About: One thing many with eating disorders have in common is difficulty sharing their feelings. It's common 2keep feelings ; some types of thoughts secret. So consider taking steps 2share: see "get help" page of national assn of anorexia nervosa ; related disorders (anad) website: http://bit. Ly/16crmyh. Take a big step ; call their helpline at (630) 577-1330? Or email them at anadhelp@anad. Org? ...Read more
No tests but examina: Of your behavior patterns. Are you eating compulsively? Do you feel helpless against your hunger? Do you eat when emotional? Are you losing/gaining weight. Are you secretive and not eating with others out of shame of how much you consume? If yes to most then you have Binge eating disorder. Go seek a specialist among psychologists. ...Read more
Absolutely!!: I've treated patients who struggled DECADES and are no longer bingeing. Whatever is going on with food is a symptom of the problem, not "the" problem. It's vital to understand what's eating "at" you, instead of focusing on food. Psychotherapy can help you learn new ways of coping. ...Read more
If you feel as though your eating behavior is a concern to you, please consult a mental health provider for evaluation, and if needed, treatment.
Here is further information on the subject:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/binge-eating-disorder/symptoms-causes/dxc-20182932
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Talk with your doc: First, talk with your physician about your eating problem. Get a full history and physical. There are also psychiatrists and psychologists who specifically treat eating disorders, including binge eating. Ask for referrals. In addition, you can attend overeaters anonymous: http://www. Oa.Org/ -- very helpful group for many. For more info on binge eating: http://tinyurl. Com/8gx5ml. ...Read more
For starters, if you're worried about having a binge eating disorder, you may have one.
Indicators: if you eat a lot of food-more than someone else would-in a two hour period & you feel a loss of control (i.e.Can't stop till the bag is empty) & finally this happens at least twice a week, you probably have a binge eating disorder. Not surprisingly, most binge-eaters are overweight. ...Read more
Behaviorally: I usually think of it as mostly learned. Many in our society treat eating as a naughty pleasure and associate it with rewards & punishments. The desire to get something (eating a lot) for nothing (purging to be rid of calories) can be seen as emblematic of today's culture. Very young, many of us get unfortunate lessons that make eating very different from simply obtaining nourishment. It's sad. ...Read more
Poor self worth: First, binge eating soon becomes a compulsion or a behavior that is very, very difficult to control. The act usually creates a sense of guilt and regret, which may or may not lead to purging which then lends to a number of different consequences including toothe enamel erosion or wear down, electrolyte disturbances, and potentially even death. If continues -extremely difficult overweight dilemma. ...Read more
Seek help: It is not the act of binge eating that you need to control. There is some underlying reason that you have to try and deal with. This can only be done with help from other people. Talk to someone that you trust about your life and what you feeling and try and unwind the driving agents. Doing this with a professional counselor will accelerate the process. You are damaging your body, seek help. ...Read more
Yes he/she could: But have him evaluated first to see what need to be done. ...Read more
For starters...: Encourage you to try a 12 step program called over eater's anonymous. It is free, confidential, informative, supportive, ; can be effective. You will learn about your dysfunctional relationship w food as well as finding out about healthier coping behaviors. Would see your physician to determine if there are any underlying medical conditions. Working w an addiction medicine specialist can help. ...Read more
New Diagnosis, DSM-5: "binge eating is characterized by insatiable cravings that can occur any time of the day or night, usually secretive, and filled with shame. Bingeing is often rooted in poor body image, use of food to deal with stress, low self-esteem and tied to dysfunctional thoughts." source is the binge ed page of the national assn of anorexia nervosa & associated disorders (anad) website: http://bit. Ly/yfbmxt. ...Read more
Anyone who had a: Controlling parent, who food shamed, was controlling with their food/appearance, nearly most diagnosis/and problems/stressors can predispose you to this issue. Its a matter of preference for food and how tolerant you are with binging and throwing up. ...Read more
Varied: Complications can include lowered self-esteem, compromised quality of life, loneliness/social isolation, impaired social functioning, depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders. Medical complications include obesity, heart disease, Type II diabetes, breathing problems during sleep, acid, reflux, and joint problems. Please consult a medical or mental health provider as treatments are available ...Read more
Be nonjudgemental: Binge eating disorder is extremely common among people who are overweight. Patients eat a large amount of food usually until it is gone, with a feeling of loss of control. Often there is underlying anxiety, depression, stress and shame and therapy (either analytical or cognitive behavioral) can be very helpful. It is important to see someone with expertise in this area. ...Read more
Purging: Both bulimia and binge eating disorder are characterized by eating large quantities of food, rapidly and often to the point of pain. There's a sense of a loss of control during the binge and intense feelings of shame and guilt. Bulimia involves purging (vomiting, exercising, laxatives or restricting) as a compensatory measure to get rid of the food from the binge. ...Read more