Binge Eating Disorder TreatmentPrior 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 NeededBinge 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
- frequent dieting or crash diets
- missing food items in the house
- skipping breakfast or eating very little during the day
- 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
Treatment for Binge Eating Disorder at Our Professional Therapy CenterClients 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:
- Feelings of stress
- 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.