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. Ask a family member or friend to go with you, if possible, to help you remember key points and give a fuller picture of the situation.
What you can do
Before your appointment make a list of:
- Symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for your appointment
- Key personal information, including any major stresses or recent life changes
- All medications you're taking, as well as any herbs, vitamins or other supplements, and their dosages
- A typical day's eating, which can help your provider understand your eating habits
Questions to ask your doctor include:
- 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 any other questions during your appointment.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor or other health care provider is likely to ask you several questions, such as:
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- What does your typical daily food intake look like?
- Do you eat unusually large amounts of food or until you're uncomfortably full?
- Do you feel your eating is out of control?
- 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 ever eat in secret?
- Do you feel depressed, disgusted, ashamed or guilty about your eating?
- Do you ever make yourself vomit to get rid of calories?
- Are you concerned about your weight and your appearance?
- Do you exercise? How often?
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