Compulsive Overeating Disorder
Compulsive overeating is an eating disorder in which a uncontrollably person eats excessive amounts of food, either in one sitting or throughout the day, which is called ‘grazing.’ Compulsive overeaters often attempt to use food to feel a sense of control yet at the same time feel powerless against it – food becomes an addiction. When a compulsive overeater inevitably gains weight, they often then attempt to balance this with heavy dieting – but this only typically creates a stronger sensation to then heavily binge next time he or she overeats, causing only more guilt, shame and hopelessness. Compulsive overeating and depression are commonly linked.
When food binging is used to cope with underlying emotional issues failing to be treated, professional help should be sought. The first step to helping a loved one with an eating disorder is to talk to the person – by offering support, it will be easier to encourage seeking treatment. Eating disorders typically worsen the longer they go untreated. Early intervention is key.
Compulsive Overeating Disorder Warning Signs
- Uncontrolled consumption of food, even when not hungry
- Obsessively thinking about weight, food and eating
- Eating alone or secretive eating because of shame or guilt when eating
- Depression, anxiety, or extreme mood swings
- Hidden food wrappers and containers/food hoarding
- Isolation from friends and family
- Rapid weight gain
- Financial loss due to expenditures on food
Food Addiction Treatment
At American Addiction Centers, our caring and professional staff addresses and treats depression, anxiety and other symptoms associated with food addiction and eating disorders using therapeutic programming and evidence-based treatment modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Patients participate in individual, group and family therapy, process groups and community meetings in order to heal the underlying causes of the condition. Our psychiatrist works closely with patients during during private counseling sessions and behavioral health assessments to determine the degree of structure necessary to meeting their individual needs. Patients receive:
- Expert-driven consultations and education
- Personalized assessments and plans
- Behavioral health counseling
- Comprehensive aftercare
Call us now at 1-888-300-3332 to learn more about our philosophy, program and treatment options. Begin on your path toward recovery today.