Binge Eating Disorder Treatment

Binge Eating Disorder Treatment

Prior to 2013, Binge Eating Disorder (BED) was not recognized as  a formal psychiatric diagnosis with specific criteria, which made it more difficult to obtain ample insurance coverage for specialized Binge Eating Disorder treatment. More recently, BED has been identified as an extremely serious problem, and individuals require intensive, comprehensive treatment for binge eating disorder. In fact, it has been identified as the most prevalent eating disorder among American adolescents and adults. The Highlands’ skilled team collaborate to provide a complete, multidisciplinary approach that addresses each client’s medical, psychological, and nutritional needs. Treatment for Binge Eating Disorder is incomplete when only one or two of these approaches is used in isolation. Clients are in good hands at The Highlands: we consistently meet or exceed best practice standards for eating disorders.

Signs and Symptoms That Indicate Binge Eating Disorder Treatment is Needed

Binge Eating Disorder (BED), as compared to compulsive eating, is associated with specific criteria.The phrase “binge eating” means episodes of uncontrolled eating, resulting in the intake of much higher than normal calories. Clients with binge eating disorder also have significant emotional and psychological distress regarding their eating behavior, the absence of purging behaviors (which offset the calorie intake), and at least three of the following:
  • Eating much more rapidly than normal
  • Eating to the point of feeling painful discomfort
  • Eating when not hungry
  • Feeling extremely ashamed or guilty after bingeing episodes
Clients with BED may also have co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, severe mood swings, and overwhelming feelings of feeling powerless over their eating behaviors. They may hide food and eat in secret, while still eating normally around friends or family. Other symptoms that family and friends should also be on the lookout for include:
  • frequent dieting or crash diets
  • missing food items in the house
  • skipping breakfast or eating very little during the day
Binge Eating Disorder Treatment is extremely important for medical, as well as psychological reasons. Without individualized guided treatment for Binge Eating Disorder, several serious medical problems may appear:
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Higher than normal cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body, which can lead to heart disease and stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Gallbladder disease that can be extremely painful
  • Kidney problems
  • Arthritis and bone loss
BED often begins in adolescence and early adulthood, with frequent episodes of dieting in various ways. When diets fail, many clients find they have increased stress, which causes further bingeing.

Treatment for Binge Eating Disorder at Our Professional Therapy Center

Clients at The Highlands need treatment for not only the binge-eating behaviors, but also the painful and significant emotions that go along with them, including:
  • Depression
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Loneliness
  • Boredom
  • Feelings of stress
Binge eating disorder creates a vicious cycle in which binge eating temporarily alleviates negative feelings, but then causes these feelings to become worse. Treatment for Binge Eating Disorder at The Highlands breaks this cycle. We provide treatment that is caring, non-judgmental, and representative of the best current practices in eating disorder therapy. Each client at The Highlands receives a primary treatment team, comprised of a licensed therapist, licensed dietitian, and our staff psychiatrist. Additional therapy is provided by other treatment team members, including adjunct therapists, support staff and creative art and movement specialists. Binge Eating Disorder Treatment includes:
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to help clients learn to replace unhealthy thoughts and behaviors with positive ones. Clients also learn what triggers their bingeing, and negative feelings about themselves.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) focuses on increasing a client’s ability to tolerate stress, emotions, and interpersonal relationships. By doing this, clients are better able to avoid feelings that trigger bingeing episodes.
  • Normalization of eating behaviors under the guidance of a licensed dietitian, fully integrated with therapy, education, and real-life skill building.
  • Medication management as needed.
  • Individual, group, and family therapy.