Binge Eating Disorder Treatment

Understanding Binge Eating Disorder Symptoms

Castlewood’s clinicians have extensive sub-specialty education and experience, including working with the complex underlying problems expressed through binge eating disorder symptoms. Binge eating is an abnormal pattern of eating that consists of episodes of uncontrollable eating. Binge eating symptoms can be seen in individuals with bulimia as well, but in binge eating disorder there are no compensatory behaviors to counteract the increased intake of calories. Binge eating is used to help someone manage or cope with difficult emotions or stressors. Often someone with binge eating disorder (BED) feels powerless to stop eating. Binge episodes can occur in one binge or many binge episodes during a day.

Binge Eating Symptoms

If you recognize many of the following symptoms in yourself or a loved one, contact Castlewood for information on how binge eating disorder symptoms, and their underlying causes, can be successfully and compassionately treated. Some binge eating symptoms include:
  • Uncontrolled eating, even when feeling painfully full
  • Unstable weight, frequently gaining and losing
  • Frequently eating much larger than normal amounts of food
  • Eating very rapidly, in conjunction with larger amounts of food
  • Eating alone because of embarrassment about the amount of food that is eaten
  • Eating large amounts of food even when not hungry
  • Feelings of shame, depression, and guilt after eating
  • Feelings of low self-esteem and self-criticism
  • Obsessive thinking about food, weight, and body appearance
  • Mindless eating
  • Eating normal amounts constantly throughout the day (grazing)
  • Hoarding food
  • Hiding food or food wrappers
  • Body dissatisfaction and distortion
  • Mood swings
Binge Eating Disorder is more common than many people realize. In the United States, approximately 3.5% women, and 2% of men, have BED. Castlewood provides treatment for binge eating symptoms (and underlying issues) for men and women ages 16 and above.

How Binge Eating Disorder Symptoms are Treated at Castlewood

As with all eating disorders, the most important treatment approach for binge eating disorder symptoms is a fully customized and individualized care plan. Not only should someone with BED and bulimia receive different approaches to treatment, but two clients with binge eating symptoms should also receive customized meal and therapeutic treatment plans. Each client at Castlewood develops a relationship with a personal dietitian and primary therapist. A psychiatrist is also part of this important primary team. After a comprehensive intake assessment, including family dynamics, a treatment plan is developed to help clients with their eating disorder and other co-occurring issues (such as anxiety or depression). Depending on the client’s particular unique issues, either residential or another level of care will be recommended as the most appropriate place to begin treatment. Higher levels of care provide more structure and monitoring, while lower levels of care can provide continued therapy, but with more autonomy and self-direction. A combination of group and individual therapy is essential. Life-skills and improved coping mechanisms are learned, and practiced, so that eating behaviors are not used to help manage emotions and feelings of stress. Above all, treatment for binge eating disorder at Castlewood is empathic and non-judgmental.
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