WHAT IS BINGE EATING DISORDER LIKE?
Binge eating behaviour can make you feel intense feelings of shame and self-loathing for the way you eat. You may experience secretly bingeing on vast amounts of food, even when you are not hungry, to the point of feeling uncomfortably full.
A difficult day at work, a bust-up with a loved one or just a feeling that your life is dull and boring can all be triggers that cause you to binge eat. At some point you have learnt that eating certain treat foods gives you an instant surge of pleasure and a release from the difficult, painful and uncertain stress or emotions that you feel. However, this is quickly followed by feelings of guilt and shame, and being disgusted by your binge eating behaviour.
Often people who binge eat struggle with their weight. You may follow a binge eating episode with restrictive dieting for several days to make up for it. This may create intense cravings for sugar and a physiological drive to eat, setting you up for another binge episode. With your physiology and emotions in chaos, it is easy to feel trapped in what feels like a constant binge eating cycle.
REMOTE SESSIONS – WORKING ONLINE WITH OUR TEAM
The current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) global situation is affecting us all.
We understand that the uncertainty and disruption to daily life this brings, can be an extra burden for people who are already struggling with their eating, weight and mental health.
All of our therapists are experienced in delivering remote sessions using Zoom, Skype and FaceTime, which means your therapy can continue online without disruption.
Our four central London locations currently remain open, and we are happy to see you in person as well.
Please book a call with our friendly and experienced assessment team who can explain how remote sessions can work for you.
Each year, in acknowledgement of Eating Disorder Awareness Week (2nd-8th March 2020), we have a Spring Promotion to provide greater access to our services.
We want to support people, who struggle with their weight and eating behaviour, change the mechanisms and patterns that are keeping them stuck.
Our experience tells us this can be achieved through psychological support, nutritional support, or a combination of both.
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- This offer is available with all of our therapists, at all price points
- This offer is available to new WM clients only
- Offer ends on 31st March 2020
THE CYCLE OF BINGE EATING DISORDER
This is how some of our clients describe feeling trapped in a cycle of binge eating.
A few days into your healthy eating plan and things are going well. Then often out of nowhere you find yourself eating; eating everything that you can lay your hands on.
Cakes, crisps, biscuits, chocolate, bread, cereal, – you know you shouldn’t be eating it, however, you can’t stop yourself compulsively eating, and you complete your binge. Quickly and in secret you devour the food. For a brief period, you are in oblivion, finding release and feeling numb as you escape from your troubles.
You feel a momentary rush of pleasure and excitement. You have left the world and nothing around you feels as important as eating.
All too swiftly though, the food is eaten, the wrappers and packaging strewn on the side and you are perusing the damage. Guilt, shame and self-loathing quickly descend and you cannot believe it has happened again.
You berate yourself for your lack of willpower and feel hopeless to change. Tomorrow, you promise yourself, will be different.
BINGE EATING DISORDER TREATMENT
The focus of binge eating treatment is to discover which triggers cause you to binge eat, to help you build new ways of coping with the stress / emotions these events bring, and to help you develop new thinking styles to deal with life in a positive and empowering way. Binge eating disorder treatment may include:
- Nutritional interventions to balance your blood and brain chemistry, and help reduce cravings
- Challenge old unhelpful eating habits and patterns, and support you in creating new behaviours in your life around food
- Develop emotional agility so you can name, feel and manage emotions without the need to use food to cut them off
- Identify thoughts, beliefs and assumptions that are keeping you stuck in your binge eating cycle, and learn skills to challenge them
- Build greater levels of self-esteem and self-worth as you start to change the deep beliefs that shape your self-concept of who you are
- Challenge negative body image and construct new positive ways of how you think and feel about your body
- Learn how to manage stress in your life, and find ways to be more assertive in relationships
- Help you build a toolkit of strategies to keep you on track
We believe binge eating disorder treatment needs to look at your nutrition, behaviour, thinking and emotions. Our expertise lies in providing you with the interventions that will help you feel in control of your eating.
Learn more about Binge Eating Disorder
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