Compulsive Overeating, Binge Eating Disorder, Food Addiction
People who compulsively overeat feel out of control with food. Many of them are overweight. Once they start eating they feel as if they cannot stop. They repeatedly diet in order to try to regain control. Others eat more normally at meals but binge-eat without active purging on regular basis and the binges feel out of control.
Symptoms of binge eating disorder or compulsive eating may include:
- Preoccupation with food
- Eating until so full as to be uncomfortable
- Eating large amounts of food even when not hungry
- Feeling that your eating is out of control
- Eating alone because of embarrassment about the amount of food eaten
- Eating what most people believe is a large amount of food
- Eating much more quickly during binging
- Feeling depressed and disgusted after overeating
- Feelings of guilt and shame
The relentless nature of unhealthy eating patterns has a devastating effect on one’s self-esteem and physical health.
Effective treatment focuses on causes as well as symptoms. Therapy addresses the emotional, thinking, and behavioral patterns that contribute to and sustain the drive to under-eat or over-eat.
The goal of therapy is to help you develop new patterns with the food, and better ways to cope with your life. You’ll get the help you need to begin to put food back into its proper perspective, and create lifelong healthy patterns of eating.
- A caring and confidential environment
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Stress Management
- Effective Communication and Problem Solving Skills Training
- Calming and self-soothing techniques
- Coordinating treatment with other health care providers