Struggling with binge eating, or any eating disorder, can be overwhelming and debilitating. You or your loved one may feel out of control and helpless. Fortunately, Eating Disorder Solutions in Dallas, TX can help those living with binge eating regain their independence with our holistic recovery program.
Binge eating disorder treatment at Eating Disorder Solutions in Dallas, Texas focuses on a multi-disciplinary approach to client care, which has been shown to be the most successful long-term. This means that care will come from medical health care providers as well as from mental health professionals, dietitians and others who can help individuals effectively address their binge eating, unhealthy diets and unwelcome emotions.
Full recovery is possible for those struggling with binge eating disorder. At Eating Disorder Solutions, we offer a full continuum of care and evidence-based treatment methods to give you the tools necessary to take back your life. Take a look at our binge eating disorder treatment methods and get in touch with us today.
What is Binge Eating Disorder?
Although binge eating disorder, also called BED, is the most recently recognized eating disorder, it’s the most prevalent eating disorder in the United States, affecting up to 5% of men, women and teenagers. Overeating habits can create many uncomfortable and dangerous physical symptoms over time. BED also creates many distressing mental symptoms that must also be addressed during binge eating disorder treatment. By getting to the root of the problem, BED treatment can often be highly successful especially when treatment management is long-term.
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Binge Eating Signs & Symptoms
Because of the large quantities of food typically eaten, many clients seeking binge eating disorder treatment have above-normal weights, although some remain at normal weights due to their constant dieting. One of the best ways to recognize when a loved one needs binge eating disorder treatment is to know the most common signs and symptoms of this eating disorder. Many individuals recognize these symptoms in themselves, but may feel too much shame to seek treatment. Therefore, it is often up to family and friends to encourage those experiencing it to seek binge eating disorder treatment.
Many behavioral signs and symptoms of binge eating are quite easy for people close to the individual to see. For example, common signs of binge eating often include:
- Frequently eating very large amounts of food in short periods
- Eating until the individual is overwhelmingly full
- Eating in secret
- Eating constantly rather than at regular mealtimes
- Trying to hide food
- Constantly being on a diet without making any progress
In addition, because binge eating disorder is also a mental illness, many emotional symptoms may also be present. These most often include the following:
- Great embarrassment and shame
- Constant guilt
- Lack of emotions during the binging episode
Health Risks of Binge Eating Disorder
If BED is allowed to progress without treatment, it could result in several serious physical complications. Common side effects of binge eating include:
- Heart disease
- Gastrointestinal distress
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Gallbladder disease
- Sleep apnea
- Menstrual cycle issues
- Decreased mobility
- Electrolyte imbalances
- Certain cancers
Many people with binge eating disorder also have concurrent mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder. They may also abuse alcohol or drugs, making their symptoms much worse. BED along with these concurrent issues can create a very poor quality of life, can destroy key relationships and can cause trouble at work. For the best chance of long-term recovery, binge eating disorder treatment must focus on both physical and emotional manifestations of the disorder as well as on the mental roots of the problem to be effective.
Causes of Binge Eating
Like many eating disorders, the causes of binge eating disorder can be difficult to pin down because of the many factors that affect clients diagnosed with it. Many individuals will have several factors that greatly increase their risk of developing the disorder. In order for binge eating disorder treatment to be effective, all of these factors must be successfully addressed.
A number of underlying physical and mental factors are usually associated with BED. These may include genetics, a family history of eating disorders, past and present psychological struggles, social influences and relational turmoil, among others. In particular, research has shown major evidence that binge eating disorder is often inherited from parents. Therefore, the genetic link often shows up in a strong family history of eating disorders. Another major factor is underlying mental disorders. Many people receiving binge eating disorder treatment are living with concurrent mental illness diagnoses, such as substance abuse, depression or anxiety. Some other causes could include the following:
- Age, often happening earlier in life for women and during midlife for men
- Gender, occurring more frequently in women than in men
- Genetically passed down from parents
- History of dieting
- History of increased stress or trauma, such as sexual or physical abuse or a recent death in the family
- Poor body image
- Relational issues with close family or friends
- Bullying at school, at work or through social media
The multi-faceted approach to binge eating disorder treatment that we offer at Eating Disorder Solutions is able to address each of these causes. By getting to the root of the problem, clients are better equipped to see long-term success.
Binge Eating Disorder Diagnosis
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, five criteria must be met for an individual to be diagnosed with binge eating disorder. These include the following:
A psychiatrist or psychologist will make the official diagnosis using the DSM-5. However, a medical practitioner will also run several diagnostic health tests to determine which if any underlying health conditions also exist. For example, a doctor will complete a physical assessment and will run several blood and urine tests to check for electrolyte imbalances, protein in the urine and similar concerns. The practitioner will also take special note of blood pressure readings and cholesterol levels, which could indicate a heart condition. In addition, he or she may refer the client for a sleep center evaluation to check for sleep apnea. Once underlying conditions are identified and the DSM-5 evaluation is completed, the health care team at Eating Disorder Solutions will be able to craft an individualized binge eating treatment plan.
1. Regular times of binge eating, defined as eating large amounts of food in a two-hour period and as a lack of control while eating
2. Binge eating periods during which the individual feels uncomfortably full, eats when not feeling hungry, eats despite embarrassment over the amount of food and feels guilty or depressed after eating
3. A feeling of deep unhappiness over binge eating
4. Binge eating episodes that occur at least once per week for a minimum of three months
5. No compensatory methods, such as purging or fasting used, which indicates that neither anorexia or bulimia is present
Binge Eating Disorder Treatment Options
To reach full recovery and regain independence, clients living with BED undergo several key treatments, which will be individualized for their needs. Some of the most common binge eating disorder treatments practiced at Eating Disorder Solutions include the following:
This highly individualized therapy is done one-on-one with a psychiatrist who can help clients explore their emotions and learn how they affect their eating behaviors. During this type of therapy, individuals can learn how to change their negative thinking patterns so that they can avoid triggers to binge eating.
Another type of in-depth group or individual therapy that helps clients discover the root problems or emotions leading them to binge eat. These therapy sessions can also give clients options for eating healthfully and mindfully during stressful times as well as coping mechanisms that can help them make healthier dietary choices.
Group therapy provides clients with a strong and lasting support network. Through our loving, family-like atmosphere, our group therapy helps individuals explore their own feelings as they learn from others who are struggling with the same disorders. We provide a safe and supportive place where clients feel open and honest with each other.
Family therapy is a critical part of binge eating disorder treatment and helps to build strong support networks that will be in place once the client completes the residential binge eating treatment program. Family therapy helps guide family members in learning how to best support their loved one during the recovery process.
Nutrition counseling in the treatment of binge eating disorder helps clients identify triggers and coping skills to eliminate binge eating. Additionally, clients work with the dietitian to cultivate a relationship with food that helps the client meet their nutritional needs and experience the joy of eating.
The Road to Recovery
Turning to Eating Disorder Solutions in Dallas, TX
If you are looking for the best binge eating disorder treatment centers in Texas, you’ll want to find an environment that’s caring, compassionate, and puts the client first.
Eating Disorder Solutions is the best choice when it comes to binge eating disorder treatment in Dallas, Texas because we focus on our clients’ unique needs by creating well-rounded, individualized care plans. Our client-centered programs do not treat all clients alike. Instead, we realize that each person has a different background, different triggers and different emotional needs that must be taken into account during their binge eating disorder treatment.
By focusing on individualized goals in both our binge eating disorder inpatient/residential treatment program as well as our intensive outpatient programs, we can address all aspects of each client’s physical and emotional needs.
- Discovering a Healthier Relationship with Food: This may include giving up dieting, listening to bodily cues for hunger, eating regular meals and eating mindfully.
- Cope with Emotional Eating: Individuals will learn how to recognize triggers to their binge eating and will discover healthier ways of coping with unwelcome emotions.
- Develop a Healthy Lifestyle: We focus on long-term recovery and developing healthy habits for the greatest chance of success. Lowering stress, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly and making time for social events can all help.
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The Impact of Binge Eating if Left Untreated
If left untreated, binge eating can lead to serious long-term health consequences. Some people may not even be aware that they currently have a binge eating disorder – which in and of itself is very dangerous. Once you begin noticing red flags, the first question you should ask yourself is, “do I have a binge eating disorder?” Early recognition of the disorder is pivotal in making sure that it doesn’t go untreated and that you are not left with any long-term effects of binge eating.
Some such consequences of an untreated binge eating disorder include:
- Poor body image and self-esteem
- Increased risk of developing another eating disorder such as bulimia
- Gastrointestinal or digestive issues
- Negative impact on work and school life and personal relationships
However, you don’t have to let binge eating or the effects of binge eating define you. Learn how to cope with binge eating and overcome it with Eating Disorder Solutions in Dallas, TX. With the right treatment and support, the road to recovery will begin to look more and more visible, giving you all the power to take back control of your life.
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It can be hard for individuals to admit to having binge eating episodes. However, at Eating Disorder Solutions, we offer safe solutions that respect our clients’ privacy and that treat all clients as individuals. Anyone seeking binge eating disorder treatments for themselves or for a loved one can rest assured that our residential and intensive outpatient programs focus on client-centered care plans provided in a secure yet welcoming environment.
Without immediate help, binge eating disorder can lead to major physical and psychological health complications. We also know that seeking binge eating treatment can be a scary step to take. Which is why we are here to help every step along the way, from the initial diagnosis, insurance coverage, treatment planning and the intake process. Get all your questions answered about the road to recovery with Eating Disorder Solutions intake and admission guide.
Turn to our binge eating disorder treatment program at Eating Disorder Solutions today to find long-term solutions for creating a healthier relationship with food, decreasing the guilt and depression that often come along with BED, and begin a journey to full health and wellness of the body and mind. Contact us today to get started.