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Doctor insights on: Compulsive Overeating Vs Food Addiction

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Gambling addiction vs smoking addiction? Whats more common?

Gambling addiction vs smoking addiction? Whats more common?

Smoking, probably: There are over 50 million smokers in the us, and it is a major cause of death and disability, in addition to enormous financial costs. Nobody knows how many problem gamblers there are, and there are few medical costs associated (although there is a higher rate of smoking, alcohol and drug abuse in problem gamblers). Both cause misery and pain to sufferers, their families and society at large. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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What's substance dependence vs addiction?

What's substance dependence vs addiction?

Addiction vs.: Dependence. Some drugs have effects on the body that the body becomes used to. This is dependence. If the drug is suddenly withdrawn, the patient will experience a withdrawal syndrome untill the body readjusts. Addiction is an uncontrollable, compulsive need for and use of a substance despite negative consequences (deteriorating health, memory, loss of relationships, legal problems, etc.). ...Read more

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What defines a food obsession?

What defines a food obsession?

PREOCCUPATION: An obsession, according to the oxford dictionary, is a thought that persistently recurs despite attempts to resist it. An obsession provokes anxiety and dominates a person, although the person regards it as being senseless. So being preoccupied with food like ;when you will eat , what you will eat, or how much you will eat are examples of a food obsession. ...Read more

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What is compulsive overeating?

What is compulsive overeating?

See below: True hunger comes from our hypothalamus after measuring our energy needs and food stores. But it tells other areas of our brain (the nucleus accumbens, caudate and putamen) to generate the hunger signal. This signal can be generated abnormally in diseases of food addiction and set off by stress, depression and various food triggers. We then eat more then we intend to. ...Read more

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Is it possible to overcome binge eating/ complusive overeating?

Is it possible to overcome binge eating/ complusive overeating?

CBT+meds: Generally speaking eating disorders respond best to combination of cbt (cognitive behavior therapy) and meds. However, it's best you discuss with your personal psychiatrist, therapist or priimary care physician as to what would be best way to begin treatment for you. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a binge eating disorder (BED) and compulsive overeating?

What is the difference between a binge eating disorder (BED) and compulsive overeating?

Pattern of eating: While binge eating disorder and compulsive overeating both use food,to deal with emotional issues, they do,so in different ways. The binge eater overeats periodically, but at these times eats very large quantities of,food. A person that eats compulsively may overeat regularly in an effort to manage and tolerate feelings. The quantity at any time is less, but it is a more regular eating pattern. ...Read more

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How can someone overcome binge eating and food obsession?

How can someone overcome binge eating and food obsession?

With treatment: You may have an eating disorder which needs treatment -- see your physician to get started. Many people purge also, through vomiting, laxatives, and diuretics, etc, increasing the danger. You need a full evaluation so you get the most appropriate help and therapy for your problem. There's also a 12-step group called overeater's anonymous which has been useful for many. http://www.oa.org/. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between a binge eating disorder and compulsive overeating?

What is the main difference between a binge eating disorder and compulsive overeating?

Eating: They are essentially interchangeable terms. Some overeaters may overeat daily, or binge overeat, and either term will work as an effective descriptor. ...Read more

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Fear of gaining weight obsession with food weight loss calorie counting, depression, low self esteem, self harm, preoccupation with food what is this?

Fear of gaining weight obsession with food weight loss calorie counting, depression, low self esteem, self harm, preoccupation with food what is this?

Fear and Depression: This is something that you seek professional help for, to help you figure it out. Depression sounds like the main thing here, and is causing everything else to feel even worse. There is help available for this. Contact your family doctor first, and then you can have your doctor recommend a counselor. I would do this sooner than later. You really can get over this! ...Read more

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Can snris help a compulsive alcoholic and compulsive liar?

Can snris help a compulsive alcoholic and compulsive liar?

unlikely: Some studies show that antidepressants can help people abstain from drinking, some studies show that this is useless. Some of the snris are better not to be taken with alcohol. It might help if you believe that a person is drinking "to self medicate for depression or anxiety". And this is difficult, because drinking brings depression and anxiety. Compulsive liar? - all of them do it for a differen. ...Read more

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What causes food addiction?

What causes food addiction?

Like other addict.: Latest research suggests that the underlying mechanisms of food addiction are likely similar to other substances like drugs& alcohol. Especially rich sugary foods can cause spikes in dopamine which is very reinforcing to the body and leads to seeking out more of the food to get that boost again. ...Read more

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Which eating disorder is binging and starving?

Which eating disorder is binging and starving?

Possibly Bulimia: It's possible that binging and starving could be part of an eating disorder called bulimia nervosa. However, only a trained professional can properly evaluate the situation to decide if there is an eating disorder, and, if so, which eating disorder may exist. ...Read more

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Help please! is an eating disorder some form of obsessive compulsive disorder?

Help please! is an eating disorder some form of obsessive compulsive disorder?

Usually not: Eating disorders come in several forms, the most common being anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and obesity. Although some individuals with one of these disorders have obsessive behaviors, no evidence suggests that the latter is the cause for the eating problems. Anxiety and depression also are quite common in individuals with eating disorders, but again probably not related to the cause. ...Read more

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Stress, caused by gambling addiction and family commitments?

Stress, caused by gambling addiction and family commitments?

Not sure: What the specific question is, but these are serious issues that could b helped by therapy and medication. ...Read more

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Is binge eating unhealthy?

Is binge eating unhealthy?

Yes: It is unhealthy. See a psychiatrist in your area for proper diagnosis and treatment of this condition. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is anorexia, or eating less/controlling also an addiction?

Is anorexia, or eating less/controlling also an addiction?

Maybe: Anorexia and other eating disorders are often treated using an addictions model. The cause of eating disorders are arguable. However, the addictions model of treating these problems are often successful. ...Read more

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Is boredom eating considered an eating disorder?

Is boredom eating considered an eating disorder?

Not a disorder: Our current framework to consider a psychiatric disorder is based on dsm-iv-tr criteria. One key element in considering a disorder is "functional impairment". Boredom eating may be indicative of an underlying issue that would benefit from an evaluation. ...Read more

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What sort of psychological disorder or drug addiction/withdrawal leads to unreasonable anger in people?

What sort of psychological disorder or drug addiction/withdrawal leads to unreasonable anger in people?

Many disorders: Many psychological disorders can have anger as a symptom. Careful evaluation is needed. For instance bipolar disorder and add can both have anger manifestation but are treated with very different medications. Most additive drugs can cause anger during the withdrawal period and thus slow .Withdrawal is needed. ...Read more

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Which addiction is more difficult to deal with: mental or psychological dependence?

The same: Mental or psychological dependence are essentially the same. You might mean physiological rather than psychological. Physiological involves bodily functions to include heart rate, blood pressure, shakiness, and other changes. When people are physiologically dependent, they may feel those bodily changes without a clear psychological/mental need/addiction. Addiction relates to mental/psychological. ...Read more

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Food Addiction (Definition)

Food addiction refers to a behavioral addiction that causes rapid and uncontrolled consumption of food despite a lack of hunger. The food is usually high ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more