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Understanding and Coping With Binge Eating Disorder: The Patient’s Perspective

Susan L. McElroy, MD (Chair), and Anna I. Guerdjikova, PhD, LISW, CCRC

Published: August 26, 2015

Article Abstract

Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common of the 6 feeding and eating disorders recognized by the DSM-5 and a significant public health problem that can be successfully managed with appropriate help. Many patients, however, are hesitant to discuss the symptoms of BED with their providers because of embarrassment or because they simply do not recognize the behavior as a problem behavior. Clinicians need to increase their awareness of BED, its warning signs, and how and why patients might try to hide it leading to increased BED recognition and timely diagnosis. Then, given the right tools, clinicians can help patients to not only accept the diagnosis and look into various treatment options but also to move beyond it to recognize if any comorbid disorders are present and in need of treatment.

From the Lindner Center of HOPE and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.

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