What is Binge Eating Disorder?
Binge eating disorder is a serious type of eating disorder that is connected to deep emotional suffering. As a binge eating disorder relates to food, a person with binge eating disorder consumes a large amount of food in a very short period of time, typically under a two hour window. During this period, a person may feel powerless in their effort to stop eating until they are beyond full.
Beyond food, binge eating disorder affects a person's emotions deeply. Sufferers sometimes have a sense of shame around eating. There are common co-occurring mental health conditions associated with binge eating disorder like anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and depression.
DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria of Binge Eating Disorder
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), or DSM-5, outlines that Binge Eating Disorder consists of the following key diagnostic features:
- Recurrent and persistent episodes of binge eating
- Binge eating episodes are associated with three (or more) of the following:
- Eating much more rapidly than normal
- Eating until feeling uncomfortably full
- Eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry
- Eating alone because of being embarrassed by how much one is eating
- Feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed, or very guilty after overeating
- Marked distress regarding binge eating
- Binge eating takes place at least once per week for three months or longer.
- Absence of regular compensatory behaviors (such as purging).
Binge Eating Disorder Treatment
The first step to binge eating disorder recovery is acknowledging you need help and then seeking help. If you or a loved one need help from binge eating disorder, there are proven effective methods of treatment. Learn more about binge eating disorder treatment
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