Are you often overcome with an intense urge or compulsion to eat? Do you feel out of control and powerless once you start eating? Are you left with feelings of shame and disgust after you overeat? At Monarch Wellness & Psychotherapy, you can expect to find help in recovering from compulsive overeating and other food-related disorders.
If you or someone you love suffers from binge eating disorder, please contact us to schedule an appointment.
Therapy for compulsive overeating can help
Binge eating is strongly associated with depression, anxiety, guilt and shame. Fortunately, for many people, effective treatments are available for binge eating disorder. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), insight-oriented psychotherapy, relational psychotherapy, and especially interpersonal psychotherapy may work for you. Together with your therapist at Monarch Wellness & Psychotherapy, we will develop a customized treatment plan to meet your needs.
Binge eating disorder is more than just overeating
Almost everyone overeats on occasion. When compulsive overeating spirals out of control, you have crossed the line to binge-eating disorder. Do you you frequently consume unusually large amounts of food and feel unable to stop eating? Are you embarrassed about overeating? Have you tried to stop but just can’t resist the compulsion to continue binge eating?
Not all binge-eaters are obese, and not all are even overweight. Some symptoms of binge-eating disorder include:
- Eating unusually large amounts of food in a specific amount of time, such as over a 2-hour period
- Feeling that your eating behavior is out of control
- Eating even when you’re full or not hungry
- Eating rapidly during binge episodes
- Eating until you’re uncomfortably full
- Frequently eating alone or in secret
- Feeling depressed, disgusted, ashamed, guilty or upset about your eating
- Frequently dieting, possibly without weight loss
Have you had failed attempts to lose weight? Typically, the first step is treating the binge-eating disorder before undertaking a weight loss program. Left untreated, the underlying causes are like to trigger more binge-eating episodes, undermining attempts to lose weight.
Psychotherapy for eating disorders
Psychotherapy in individual and group sessions can help you learn to exchange unhealthy habits for healthy ones and reduce bingeing episodes. In therapy you can acquire the insights and skills to cope with negative feelings about your body or other issues that trigger binge-eating episodes. For more about psychotherapy in treatment for binge eating, click here to visit the Mayo Clinic site.
Controlling your compulsive overeating
To heal from binge eating, you need to start developing a healthier relationship with food. Therapy for compulsive overeating will help you develop eating patterns that are based on meeting your nutritional needs, rather than meeting your emotional needs
In therapy you will learn to identify the patterns behind your binge eating. Over time, you can learn to avoid the triggers or learn to tolerate the negative emotions that are causing you to binge. Each time you resist the urge to binge, you will become more powerful over the negative emotions, and you will realize that you can exercise appropriate control in nourishing your body.
At Monarch Wellness & Psychotherapy, we aim to help you overcome all types of eating disorders, focusing on thoughts as well as behaviors.
Get help today
If you have any symptoms of binge-eating disorder, seek help as soon as possible. Binge-eating disorder usually doesn’t get better by itself.
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