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Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating Disorder: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

At The Dell Center for Therapy, located in Utah, we provide assessments and customized treatment plans for individuals battling Binge Eating Disorder.  Binge Eating Disorder usually happens when you eat large amounts of food until you feel uncomfortably full. Consuming excessive food with a full stomach can create adverse effects on your health. People having this disorder tend to overeat over a short period of time even if they are not hungry. This disorder always puts a person into the habit of grabbing a bite unnecessarily, but it can be cured by following some prescribed steps.

Men and women of any age can be confronted by Binge Eating, but it tends to emerge at early adulthood. Often attacking us in a state of normal health, this disorder gradually increases our weight abnormally- which makes it incredibly tough to give up the habit of compulsive eating at this point.

Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder

A person has no control over his/her eating during the binge. The signs of Binge Eating illness can be easily marked by the following traits:

1) Eating separately and discreetly because the affected person feels terribly embarrassed for consuming excess food.

2) Having appetite for food despite not being hungry.

3)  Consuming food faster than usual level.

4) Suffering from depression and stress after a binge.

5) Eating beyond the point of satisfaction and gorging until the person feels awkwardly full.

6) Losing control over limiting the desire of taking foods.

7) Getting no emotional and sensational feelings while bingeing.

8) Stockpiling foods for further consumption.

 

The person having this disorder may encounter severe complications including Insomnia, Gall Bladder Diseases, Muscle pain, Diabetes, Gastrointestinal problems, Osteoarthritis, Cardiovascular diseases, Hypertension, High Blood Pressure and many severe consequences.

Causes of Binge Eating Disorder

There is no particular reason behind the practice of Binge Eating. But certain factors may incite any person to eat more than necessary. Binge Eating habit can also occur if an individual follows a strict diet skipping regular meals.

Heredity and biological features play an important role for having this disorder. If someone belongs to a family affected by Eating Disorders, the chance of being effected by Binge Eating becomes high.

Psychological aspects of human beings is closely related to this disorder as well. Suffering from anxiety, stress, solitude, anger, boredom and depression may disrupt your food habit and make you eat more.

If anyone lacks enough self-confidence and grows up with low self-esteem it may change his/her way of life and affect his/her food habit too. Some slender people take others opinions to seriously and start to eat beyond their capacity which undoubtedly amplifies the risk of becoming a victim of Binge Eating Disorder.

Treatment of Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating Disorder is treatable. Professional help from licensed clinical social works, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, and nutritionists can assist in treating an individual battling this disorder.

There are a number of coping techniques, which are incredibly effective to minimize this disorder.  Seeking out the assistances of a mental health professional will greatly assist in curbing the symptoms of Binge Eating. Moreover, it will help the affected person to conquer the emotional suffering and thus affected individual can adopt better mechanisms to deal with anxiety, stress and depression.  Dialectical behavioral therapy is another approach, which aims to focus on teaching individual to regulate their own emotions and passions.

Support groups are another great tool. The Dell Center currently runs a bi-weekly eating disorder support group in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Anti-depressants and other medications are also prescribed in addition to counseling. These medications increase the level of serotonin, which can change our social behavior, mood, appetite, sleep memory and other functions. However, antidepressant medications have some persistence side effects, which include indigestion, constipation, dizziness, blurred vision, low sex desire etc. Individuals battling Binge Eating, may face problem at the early stage of treatment particularly when they are in remission.

Is Binge Eating negatively effecting you or a loved one? If so, call us at The Dell Center today. Our proven treatment programs actually work. Schedule a Binge Eating assessment today. Call our Utah office at 801-447-2666.