Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Treatment of binge-eating disorder may require a team approach that includes medical providers, mental health providers and dietitians with experience in eating disorders.

Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointments, and what to expect from your health care team.

What you can do

  • Write down the symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
  • Write down key personal information, including any major stresses or recent life changes.
  • Make a list of all medications you're taking, as well as any herbs, vitamins or other supplements.
  • Ask a family member or friend to come with you, if possible, to help you remember key points and give a fuller picture of the situation and your home life.

Write down questions to ask your doctor, such as:

  • What kinds of tests do I need? Do these tests require any special preparation?
  • Is this condition temporary or long lasting?
  • What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?
  • If medication is a part of treatment, is a generic drug available?
  • Are there any brochures or other printed material I can take home with me? What websites do you recommend?

Don't hesitate to ask questions at any time if you don't understand something.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor or other health care provider is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:

  • Are you concerned about your weight and your appearance?
  • Have you tried to lose weight? If so, how?
  • Do you think about food often?
  • Do you eat even when you're full or not hungry?
  • Do you eat unusually large amounts of food or until you're uncomfortably full?
  • Do you ever eat in secret?
  • Do you feel your eating is out of control?
  • Do you feel depressed, disgusted, ashamed or guilty about your eating?
  • Do you exercise? How often do you exercise?
Apr. 03, 2012

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