While most people have heard of Bulimia and Anorexia, there is much less awareness of binge eating disorder. Psychology manual – Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) – only came to recognise the disorder in 1994 with the DSM-IV. Before then, binge eating was only considered a characteristic of Bulimia. Binge Eating Disorder has no obvious outward symptoms as with Bulimia and Anorexia, so it’s not as easy to notice in yourself or in loved ones.
How to Recognise Binge Eating Disorder in Yourself or a Loved One
Often times, people with this disorder will only binge in private. This can make it difficult to recognise in others, but you will be able to recognise Binge Eating Disorder in yourself. The following are signs that you may be struggling with Binge Eating Disorder:
- Overeating occurs in regular sessions and may involve rituals or specific patterns, such as having to watch a specific show while eating or consuming snacks in a specific order
- Binging is almost always followed by feelings of shame and/or guilt
- There will likely be time periods of dieting or giving up “unhealthy” foods that may even be successful for a short while
- The combination of binging and dieting can result in significant weight fluctuations
These are only a few of the signs of Binge Eating Disorder. It is a complex disorder that can look different depending on the individual. Contact our practice in Melbourne if you are concerned for yourself or a loved one.
The Root of the Problem is Complex
There’s a common misunderstanding that eating disorders always revolve around body image. While this can be a factor, there is no such thing as one single cause. Eating disorders develop and are maintained by multiple factors.
Therefore, it is important to not assume your “strength of will” is enough to overcome Binge Eating Disorder. Our treatment programs are designed to help you work through the underlying mental processes, emotions and behaviours that maintain the binge eating cycle. This involves a variety of treatment options, including individual and group therapies.
We Can Help You Break the Cycle
The shame associated with binge eating often keeps people from seeking treatment. It is easier to avoid treatment and justify binging as “a little indulgence every now and then” or as something that you will eventually be able to control. You are not in this alone.
We can help you break the cycle and create a life free from the emotional and physical rollercoaster. It really is possible, but you need to make a commitment to seeking help. Contact us today and schedule a consultation with one of our therapists. They’ll work with you to design a treatment plan tailored specifically to your needs.
It can be difficult to Find a Psychologist that is right for you. However, our Melbourne Psychology Clinic makes it easy for you: We personally match you with with one of our lovely and professional Melbourne Psychologists based on your needs and personality. We also offer psychologists who are professionally trained in Clinical Psychology and Child and Adolescents.