Binge Eating Disorder (DSM)

Section 1: List of the symptoms for this disorder:

Eating a large amount of food to the point of sickness on more than one occasion

Shame spiral

Is severe, may lead to death

Eating excessively, with in a 2-hour time frame, more than normal

No control over the eating

May be a part of another disorder/illness

Used to cope with life 

Secret food stashed

Not associated with purging

These are the most common ones, there are others out there


More Information-

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a type of eating disorder.  It affects women more than men.  Some of the effects (both mental and physical) of this disease include:  depression, anxiety, guilt, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, joint pain, and more.  When someone starts to “binge,” this brings relief to the person for whatever he or she is trying to run away from.  (emotions, abuse, etc).  People who binge can be on any size, shape, nationality, etc.  It doesn’t discriminate.


Treatment-
The first step in finding treatment is to ask your healthcare provider. To rule out other causes, get tested for other conditions and then get a referral (if needed) to a counselor or therapist.  If you are embarrassed to talk to someone face to face, you can alway go online to look for online counseling or online therapy.  Online therapy is good, but you may need medications, then, you need to get with your primary care doctor or psychiatrist for more help.  If you are not sure what to do, www.7cups.com is a great place to start.  You can do this from the comfort of your home with no on judging you.  

Author(s): Stacy (@stacy46)

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