To treat binge eating disorder (BED), your doctor may recommend a psychological evaluation to discuss your eating habits. They may also carry further tests to check for health consequences of binge eating, such as heart problems, diabetes, high cholesterol, etc.
A common treatment for BED is psychotherapy, which, among other things, focuses on adopting good eating habits.
Some types of therapy used to treat BED include:
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT helps you deal with issues that lead to binge eating, such as depression and negative perception of your body. It also gives you control of your behavior, which is essential in regulating poor eating habits.
Interpersonal psychotherapy. Concerned with helping improve your relationships with other people. It helps to reduce binge eating resulting from problematic relationships and unhealthy communication skills.
Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). Focuses on instilling behavioral skills that help you deal with stress, control your emotions, and improve personal relationships, which can reduce the urge to binge eat.
Several types of medications have been proven to treat moderate to severe binge eating, the most common being topiramate (Topomax) and antidepressants.
Another form of treatment is behavioral weight loss programs, which are done under the supervision of a doctor. They are particularly helpful when combined with CBT.
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