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

Psychotherapy

  • 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

Interpersonal Psychotherapy

  • 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
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Massage