What Binge Eating Disorder Is

A woman holds foods as part of the binge eating disorder treatment birmingham alabama offersIt can be hard to know if you have binge eating disorder, let alone if you need binge eating disorder treatment. This condition involves recurrent episodes of binge eating. Clinicians characterize these episodes by eating large amounts of food in a short period of time and a sense of loss of control over eating behaviors.

The binge eating episodes are associated with three or more of the following:

  1. Eating more rapidly than normal
  2. Eating until uncomfortably full
  3. Feeling disgusted, depressed, or guilty after eating
  4. Eating large amounts of food when not physically hungry
  5. Eating alone, due to embarrassment about quantity of food being consumed

As well as these criteria:

  • Apparent, marked distress regarding binge eating
  • The binge eating occurs at least once a week for three months
  • The binge eating is not associated with recurrent use of inappropriate, compensatory behavior, nor does it occur during bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa

(adapted from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition)

What We Treat

At Magnolia Creek, we offer comprehensive binge eating disorder treatment. This includes commonly co-occurring diagnoses such as bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, and borderline personality disorder. We also provide treatment for commonly co-occurring medical issues, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes mellitus and osteoarthritis.

Our Program Philosophy

Our comprehensive program is strengths-based, focused on building self-worth and confidence. It includes (up to) three individual sessions a week and approximately four psychoeducational groups each day, as well as weekly meetings with the staff psychiatrist, psychologist, dietitian, medical team, and clinical director. We make sure to incorporate elements of spirituality, mindfulness, nutrition, art, and movement/exercise, as well as psychotherapy.

Goals for Therapy

The key goals of any binge eating disorder treatment program include the following:

  • Eliminate eating disordered behaviors
  • Identify adaptive skills to cope with life stressors
  • Develop a healthy relationship with exercise
  • Restore weight (within ideal body weight range)
  • Establish healthy eating patterns a healthy relationship with food/fluids
  • Practice food-related life skills (including grocery shopping, menu planning, cooking, and appropriately portioning food)
  • Distinguish emotional and physical hunger/fullness cues
  • Identify and challenge food/body related cognitive distortions

Clinical Modalities

Typically, our program contains a mix of dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure and response prevention, experiential and symbolic experiential therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, psychodynamic therapy, narrative therapy, symbolic modeling (metaphor) therapy, and reality therapy. However, we customize treatment plans based on the needs of each client.

Recommended Reading

  • Life Without ED by Jenni Schaffer and Thom Rutledge
  • Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Family and Friends by Michelle Siegel
  • Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder by Johanna S. Kandel
  • The Body Betrayed by Kathryn J. Zerbe
  • Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationship with Food Through Myths, Metaphors, and Storytelling by Anita Johnston, PhD
  • 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder by Carolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert Grabb

Binge Eating Disorder Treatment at Magnolia Creek

To find out more about the most comprehensive binge eating disorder treatment Birmingham Alabama has to offer, reach out to Magnolia Creek. Our friendly admissions staff will be happy to answer your questions. Call us at 866-318-2329 today.