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New Resource for Binge Eating Disorder

Posted Mar 17 2009 3:38pm

Is there a psychotherapeutic approach that works best for Binge Eating Disorder?

According to Dr. Cynthia Bulik, author of the new book, Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop, one type pf therapy is particularly effective, namely cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Her review determined that CBT was the most effective treatment in that it leads to decreased frequency of binges, and more people who received CBT as their method of treatment reported complete abstinence from binge eating.

Following CBT, Dr. Bulik found that interpersonal therapy and dialectical behavior therapy also showed promise (more about these therapies in future editions of Treatment Notes).

A helpful aspect of Bulik's Crave is the chapter entitled, "What to do when you hit the wall", which focuses on overcoming barriers and identifying specific barriers when recovery strategies no longer seem to be working. From mood to motivation to lack of support, Bulik, the director of the University of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program, shares research based, common sense, and ultimately - helpful - information for overcoming binge eating.

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