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Doctor insights on: Overcoming Compulsive Overeating

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Obsessive compulsive disorder resistant to help?

Obsessive compulsive disorder resistant to help?

OCD seeking help: Persons with OCD can vary a bit in their willingness to get treatment, and the degree to which they seem to "want" to change. The most resistant sub-group of ocd'ers I have observed has been hoarders, who are often quite unwilling to change or get help, resisting all efforts to "contain" their compulsions. They experience intolerable anxiety when "deprived" of their collection. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Overeating (Definition)

Overeating = eating ...Read more


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Could obsessive compulsive disorder impair judgements?

Yes: Ocd will result in actions that could impair judgement due to repetitive behaviors. ...Read more

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How to overcome obsessive-compulsive disorder?

How to overcome obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Meds; psychotherapy: Get a full psychiatric evaluation to assess for PTSD symptoms, and see if medications are warranted. Next, find a reputable psychotherapist nearby who specializes in PTSD. Generally speaking, meds and psychotherapy together are the best approach. ...Read more

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How to overcome binge eating disorder?

How to overcome binge eating disorder?

Psychotherapy: Get a complete physical to make sure BED is not compromising your health. Seek therapy with a qualified professional. BED is a way of coping with conflicts and emotions. When you identify what you are using food to deal with (ie, anxiety,fear, relationships) then you can find new ways of coping. You also must learn to respond to yourself in words instead of behavior. There is hope. ...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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How do people overcome binge eating disorder?

How do people overcome binge eating disorder?

They get help!: Over eater's anonymous is a great place to get support, education ; to learn coping skills. It is free ; confidential. Working with a psychiatrist ;/or an addiction medicine specialist can also be very helpful. Take care. ...Read more

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I am experiencing impulsive or reckless behavior, socially withdrawn, impaired social skills, compulsive behavior, emotional problems and personality changes.

I am experiencing  impulsive or reckless behavior, socially withdrawn, impaired social skills, compulsive behavior, emotional problems and personality changes.

Recommend assessment: You have described a lot of symptoms that could potentially affect your life and/or that could get worse if not addressed. There are ways to manage those symptoms, but it is important to be assessed by a mental health professional (psychologist or psychiatrist) who can help you to figure out what is causing those symptoms and how to best address them. ...Read more

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How effective is rational emotive behavior therapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is rational emotive behavior therapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Rational emotive: therapy is an early form of Cognitive Therapy or CT. Research shows Exposure+Response Prevention and CT work best. E+RP is a structured program of confronting the feared situation or thought without using the compulsive behavior to escape from it. CT challenges faulty thinking associated with OCD. Effective treatment with either approach takes a very skilled therapist. ...Read more

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What is obsessive compulsive disorder?

What is obsessive compulsive disorder?

Obsessive Compulsive: Obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd) is an anxiety disorder characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. The person has persistent thoughts and rituals that cause distress and get in the way of daily life. For more information: http://tinyurl.Com/5732fg. ...Read more

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What is typical obsessive compulsive behaviour disorder?

What is typical obsessive compulsive behaviour disorder?

Obsessive Compulsive: The person would have obsessive ideas that go through his/her mind continuously, and have compulsions to do certain behaviors. The person cannot let go of the idea or focus effectively on anything else. Compulsive behaviors include things like washing hands over and over because of fear of contamination with germs; checking things like stoves or locking doors; also counting things endlessly. ...Read more

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Strategies/tips to stop gambling addiction?

Strategies/tips to stop gambling addiction?

Don't gamble at all.: Don't go to places where people gamble. Think seriously about the damage that gambling has done in your life. Encourage gambler's anonymous. It is a beneficial, confidential and free 12 step program that can be the base for recovery. Take care. ...Read more

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Is obsessive christmas disorder related to obsessive-compulsive disorder?

No such thing: There is no such thing as obsessive Christmas disorder mentioned in the DSM. That being said, there are people who take the Christmas spirit and go over the top with it, if you will, but this is not officially diagnosable. ...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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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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Obssesive compulsive disorders since 15 years?

Obssesive compulsive disorders since 15 years?

See your doctor: See your doctor or a psychiatrist. There are medications and therapies that can help. ...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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Depression, social anxiety, avoidant personality disorder, loneliness, no friends, what to do?

Depression, social anxiety, avoidant personality disorder, loneliness, no friends, what to do?

That is a lot going : On ; it doesn't sound like fun. Take on a little "can do" attitude. Encourage you to enlist the care of a good psychiatrist as well as a therapist/ psychologist. Alk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). ...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