Because binge eating is linked to negative emotions or low self-esteem, treatment usually includes a combination of therapy and one of the following types of medication.
- Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse): This is the only medication with FDA approval specifically for binge eating disorder treatment. It is a central nervous system stimulant, which enhances focus and alertness and increases mood.
- Antidepressants (Fluoxetine, Fluvoxamine, Sertraline): SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) types of antidepressants can help to decrease binge eating episodes.
- Anticonvulsants (Topiramate, Zonisamide): These drugs may help to suppress appetite, though their long-term effectiveness is unknown.
Types of Therapy for Binge Eating Disorder
- Improves self-esteem, body image
- Decreases depression
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Action-oriented approach
- Specific strategies or a plan of action is formulated to change unwanted behavior over time
- Improves interpersonal skills,
- Reduces the trigger of poor relationships with others
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Skills taught to reduce and tolerate stress
- Helps regulate emotions
- Improves relationships with friends, family and co-workers
Relaxation to Treat Binge Eating Disorder
Decreasing stress is a major factor in successfully treating binge eating disorder. The following all help to promote relaxation:
- Tai chi