Binge Eating Disorder | Compulsive Overeating Disorder - Frequently Asked Questions

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Shirley Johanna
Article Reviewed by Dietitian Shirley Johanna, M.Sc, M.Phil
Last Updated on Sep 20, 2017
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for binge eating disorder?

You should consult a Psychologist, Psychiatrist, and Dietitian

2. Is binge eating disorder a mental disorder?

Yes, binge eating is a mental disorder where people overeat on a regular basis.

3. Can antidepressants help treat binge eating disorder?

Yes, antidepressants can help treat binge eating disorder. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Fluoxetine (Prozac) and Sertraline (Zoloft), may help reduce binge eating and also improve the mood in patients.

4. How do you stop binge eating at night?

Identifying the exact cause and triggers can help stop binging.

5. Is Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) used for binge eating?

Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) is the first and only medication approved to treat moderate to severe Binge Eating Disorder in adults.

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Hi,

I am a 41 year old mum with 2 DS and DH. I have been suffering from Binge Eating Disorder since I was a primary school, probably around the age of 8 or 9 from looking at photos. I was a plump child and my mum put me on my first diet at 14 and I think there lies the problem! I have been on WW, SW and a few other faddy type diets and not unsurprisingly I gained weight after each of these failed. I am now about 3-4 stone overweight and have just totally given up on trying to actually lose weight, at the moment I would just be happy not putting any more on. Above all and even above the weight and body image issues, I would just like to be able to stop Binge Eating as it is seriously screwing up my life and getting in the way of work and family life. I binge eat almost every day at the moment and the emotional and financial impact is becoming serious now not to mention the health implications. Thankfully, I am no longer bulimic, so that is indeed a victory but I am still left with the Binge Eating Disorder [BED]. xxx :-)

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