While binge eating is classified as an eating disorder, this disorder is not simply a behavior problem, but it is also linked to a number of emotional issues that can both trigger and result from binge eating behaviors. This includes depression, interpersonal problems, poor self-image, and/or self-loathing. Individuals will often feel compelled to binge as a result of emotional problems including depression or loneliness. However, they may also feel increased feelings of self-loathing, disgust, or depression as well as a reduced self-image following binge eating. This is known as the cycle of binge eating and is one reason why binge eating is so difficult to overcome.
The best treatment to stop binge eating is to follow an eating disorder treatment program that addresses the behavioral and dietary problems as well as the underlying emotional issues and behaviors that an individual has developed. McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers in St. Louis and Kansas City have a specific program for binge eating disorder to help individuals stop the binge eating cycle and overcome the disorder.
We take a multifaceted approach to helping you stop binge eating and overcome binge eating disorder. In addition to helping you learn about and establish healthy and balanced eating patterns, we will offer psychotherapy treatment to address and overcome interpersonal issues, depression, anxiety, or other emotional problems fueling your compulsion to binge eat.
The main types of psychotherapy utilized to stop binge eating include:
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy: This treatment approach will help you learn how to stop binge eating by helping learn to cope with issues that trigger binge eating behavior, such as negative feelings about your body or a depressed mood. It can also help give you a better sense of control over your behavior and eating patterns.
- Interpersonal Therapy: This therapy focuses on your current relationships with other people. It will evaluate and help improve how you interact with others and help you develop strategies for dealing with relationship and communication problems.
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy: This therapy helps patients learn behavior skills to stop binge eating. For example, DBT will help you to tolerate stress, regulate your emotions, and improve your relationships with others.