What is Binge Eating?
Binge eating is a pattern of disordered eating which consists of episodes of uncontrollable eating. 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. Or a person may consume normal amounts of food so quickly and mindlessly that this would 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 large quantities 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 their relapse. Care continues even after our patients 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
- Helping launch or support clients into their transition to college, job, or relationships
To take advantage of the unique, dedicated binge eating treatment at Castlewood, contact our intake experts on phone at 877.628.1193 (toll free) or 636-386-6611. Send your inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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