Binge Eating Disorder Has Effective Treatment Available

Binge eating disorder
Binge eating disorder

 

Alyssa Mandel, LCSW, CEDS, is the founder of The Mandel Center of Arizona, a therapeutic treatment facility that focuses on complete physical, spiritual, and emotional healing for persons diagnosed with eating disorders. Alyssa Mandel has served as both president and vice president-elect of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.

Binge eating disorder affects from 1 to 3 percent of the US population, usually in the over-25 age group. Binge eating disorder symptoms include episodes of over-eating in which the participant feels like there is no control over the eating behavior and feelings of shame and/or guilt regarding overeating. Persons with binge eating disorder are more likely to be obese because of the large intake of calories. Those with binge eating disorder do not purge or over-exercise, like those with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa.

Symptoms of binge eating disorder include eating in private because of the shame associated with overeating, eating quickly in large amounts even if not hungry, and eating to the point of being uncomfortable. Other behaviors include hiding food wrappers, restrictive dieting with obsessive tendencies, and not allowing foods to touch each other on the plate. Binge eating disorder is a life-threatening disease that requires treatment from a therapist.

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Eating Disorders – Bulimia

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Mandel Center of Arizona
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Alyssa Mandel is the director of the Mandel Center of Arizona, which treats people with eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa. In addition, Alyssa Mandel is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.

Patients with bulimia nervosa often eat great quantities of food within very short amounts of time then engage in purging. That is to say, they use vomiting or other means to prevent themselves from gaining weight. The bingeing and purging behavior often arises from self-esteem problems linked closely to body image. Bulimia is a serious health problem that may result in the loss of life.

If allowed to progress unchecked, bulimia may harm the body by repeatedly exposing the tissues in the mouth and throat to stomach acids. Frequent vomiting may cause tooth decay, swelling, and even esophageal tears. Moreover, purging behavior may lead to electrolyte imbalances that could, in turn, cause dangerous heart arrhythmias.

Patients may benefit from bulimia support groups, talk therapy, and nutritional therapy. Since bulimia may be associated with depression, patients could benefit from antidepressant medication.

Facts about Bulimia

 

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National Institute of Mental Health
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Alyssa Mandel is the founder of the Mandel Center of Arizona in Scottsdale. Using a holistic approach to therapy that incorporates various techniques, including cognitive therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and family systems therapy, her practice offers a full range of supportive psychotherapeutic services. Alyssa Mandel often treats individuals who have eating disorders.

While bulimia is typically classified as an eating disorder, it’s important to note that this condition is a mental health disorder rather than a physiological condition. Depression is often a concurrent diagnosis with bulimia. Suffers experience guilt and shame for their condition, which is characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight. Some are often driven to suicide. While bulimia has some characteristics of binge eating disorder, it is differentiated by induced vomiting after a binge. The combination of all these factors highlights the importance of addressing bulimia as a mental health disorder above and beyond simple dysfunctional eating.

Current data from the National Institute of Mental Health indicates that young women are more likely to experience bulimia than any other demographic. Overall, women of all ages show increased instances of the illness as compared to men, although bulimia does stratify across gender, age, and economic categories. In total, about 1 percent of adults experience bulimia in some form throughout the course of their lives.