DBT for Binge Eating

DBT for Binge EatingBinge eating and other eating disorders are usually maladaptive responses to deeper underlying psychological or emotional issues. Just as some people use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate emotional pain or escape from stress, others seek refuge in food. Disordered eating is a form of substance abuse that can seriously damage a person’s health. Counseling to treat binge eating and the issues that lie at the heart of disordered eating can help these patients regain control over food and their lives.

What Is DBT?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT, was originally designed to treat borderline personality disorder, but has since been applied to a multitude of other psychological and emotional issues, from trauma and abuse to chemical dependency and addiction. DBT combines methods of cognitive behavioral therapy (reality testing and emotion regulation) with self-awareness techniques taken from Buddhist meditative practices (however, DBT does not ascribe to any religious philosophy). DBT effectively treats underlying psychological issues by helping patients realize what their issues are, how they affect their emotions and the ways they respond. Patients will also learn to recognize how destructive responses such as binge eating have affected their lives.

How DBT Can Help with Binge Eating

There are enormous benefits to receiving treatment for binge eating. DBT will help patients to resolve the issues that led to the eating disorder in the first place, learn to recognize thoughts, feeling and situations that may trigger disordered eating and help them to learn healthier and more productive methods of coping with stress. In addition to resolving the eating disorder, treatment for underlying issues can also help with other behavioral issues that patients may have, such as drug or alcohol abuse. Treatment for eating disorders typically also includes nutritional awareness and practical advice for eating a healthy and balanced diet.

Help Finding Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Binge eating is extremely unhealthy, may lead to serious medical complications, will jeopardize your health and maybe even end your life. Binge eating is usually also a sign of deeper underlying psychological or emotional issues that need treatment. Dialectical behavioral therapy for binge eating can help you regain control over your relationship with food, learn healthier ways of coping with stress and can also help you resolve the underlying issues that led to binge eating.

If you would like help finding DBT for binge eating, or if you have questions about eating disorders and DBT, call us now. Our helpline is toll free and counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer all your questions. We can help you find treatment if you need it, so reach out for help today.