Making sufferers have a tendency to overeat uncontrollably, binge eating disorder is a type of eating disorder that cannot be taken lightly. This disorder needs to be addressed immediately, in order to avoid various health problems.

Treatment and medication for binge eating disorder will depend on its cause and severity. There are many treatment options that can be done. Some people may need only one treatment, while others will have to try different combinations of therapies until they feel comfortable.

Here are some therapeutic options to treat binge eating disorder :

1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

This therapy is done to help people with binge eating disorder overcome the things that cause them to suffer from the condition. Not only that, CBT can also help sufferers to regain control over themselves, as well as get used to eating regularly.

In fact, this therapy works by looking at the relationship between negative thoughts, feelings and behaviors related to eating, body shape and weight. Once the causes of negative emotions and patterns have been identified, further strategies can be determined.

These strategies include setting goals, self-monitoring, achieving a regular diet, changing thoughts about yourself and weight, and encouraging healthy weight control habits.

2. Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)

If CBT is done to overcome negative thoughts that sufferers have, IPT is more focused on the sufferer’s relationship with the people around him, such as family, friends, and coworkers. 

This therapy can be group or in-person with a therapist, and is sometimes combined with CBT. IPT has both short and long term positive effects on reducing binge eating. It may be especially effective for people with more severe binge eating.

3. Weight Loss Therapy

Usually, people with binge eating will be obese . Therefore, they need special therapy to lose weight. Actually the goal of this therapy is to make healthy lifestyle changes gradually. 

This weight loss therapy can also help improve body image and reduce weight and health risks associated with obesity. However, these therapies have not been shown to be as effective as CBT or IPT for controlling BED.

4. Drug Administration

Giving antidepressants, anticonvulsants, or anti-ADHD drugs can reduce binge eating symptoms. Lisdexamfetamine dimesylate, an anti-ADHD drug, was the first FDA-approved drug to treat moderate to severe binge eating.

From the various methods of treating binge eating disorder that have been described above, it can be seen that the most effective treatment for this condition is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). However, regardless of the treatment method, it is important to always try to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Here are some tips for dealing with binge eating disorder that you can do yourself:

  • Finding and knowing the triggers of binge eating disorder . This is an important step in learning how to control binge eating urges .
  • Practice to restrain excessive appetite.
  • Find someone to talk to for support.
  • Choose healthy foods. 
  • Regular exercise. These habits can help promote weight loss, improve body image and improve mood and anxiety symptoms you may be experiencing.
  • Enough sleep. Lack of sleep is associated with higher calorie intake and irregular eating patterns. Make sure you sleep at least 7-8 hours a day.