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Binge Eating Disorder Awareness Week

This week May 27-31, 2013 in recognition of the APA's DSM 5 including Binge Eating Disorder (BED) as a Diagnosis, several groups have come together to celebrate Binge Eating Disorder Awareness Week. BingeBehavior.comBeutiful MagazineBinge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) and Kari Adams, host of the Killer Confidence with Kari Adams show, will be hosting Binge Eating Disorder (BED) Week. Castlewood is excited to contribute to this great week and help bring awareness to Binge Eating Disorder. Castlewood's own Katie Thompson will post a new article on Wednesday afternoon as part of BED Awareness Week.

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder, afflicting 3.5% of women and 2.0% of men in the U.S.  This translates to 4.2 million women and 2.3 million men in the U.S with BED.  IN 2013, BED will finally find a home in the American Psychiatric Associations compilation of mental disorders, the DSM-5. ht_dsm_5_ll_130513_ms

What is Binge Eating?

Binge eating is a pattern of disordered eating which consists of episodes of uncontrollable eating or overeating. This binging on food is often a symptom of Binge Eating Disorder or Bulimia Nervosa. The person may have Bulimia if the binge eating is followed by compensatory behaviors such as vomiting, laxative use or obsessive exercise. During a binge eating episode, a person rapidly consumes large quantities of food. Although sometimes the person may consume normal or even restricted amounts of food, but eat in such a quick paced mindless way it may be classified as a binge. Often the binge eating functions to help the sufferer manage overwhelming emotions or stressful life events. Binge eaters feel powerless and are unable to control their consumption of food. Some people may engage in single episodes of binge eating while others may binge throughout the day.

Binge Eating Signs & Symptoms

Your friend or loved one may need treatment if you notice any of the following warning signs:
  • Uncontrolled consumption of food even when full
  • Obsessive thinking or talking about body weight, shape, size, appearance or food
  • Depression, anxiety, or extreme mood swings
  • Unstable weight
  • Eating alone or secretive eating because of embarrassment or guilt
  • Rapid eating pace, mindless eating
  • Self-criticism, low self-esteem, or feelings of worthlessness
  • Urges or desires to consume more and more food
  • Body dissatisfaction, body image distortion
  • Rituals around body checking, exercise, or food
  • Loss of interest in activities, relationships or people
  • Large quantities of money spent on food, restaurants, or at the grocery store
  • Hoarding of food
  • Hidden food or food wrappers

Binge Eating Treatment

Castlewood Treatment Center offers individualized treatment for binge eating and other eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, compulsive overeating, and bulimia nervosa. At Castlewood, our focus is on providing empowering treatment to our patients. Castlewood provides an individualized treatment approach to meet the precise needs of each client. We look underneath the symptoms as a way to understand the function of the disorder in the client’s life. Here you can experience emotional and physical healing at the hands of experienced specialists in eating disorders, psychiatry, body image, family therapy, healthy nutrition, life-coaching, alcohol and sexual addiction, and more. Out staff assist the clients in management of the symptoms and prevention of  relapse. Care continues even after our clients leave Castlewood. Our binge eating treatment methodology incorporates:
  • Weekly sessions with a therapist, psychiatrist & dietitian.
  • Psychotherapy to identify the underlying issues that led to the onset of binge eating and to help resolve those issues
  • Group therapy and individual therapy to help the patient identify and practice healthier ways to cope
  • The participation of the family in the treatment process
  • A continuum of care, so that clients can practice dealing with everyday life situations while still in treatment
  • Aftercare and discharge planning once his/her stay at Castlewood is over
  • Supporting clients into their transition to college, job, or relationships

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