Psychological intervention in binge eating disorder
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Psychiatr Pol 2009;43(4):445–455
Binge eating disorder (BED) is a specific example of an eating disorder. It consists of loosing control of eating without compensatory behaviours like purging. Aim. To characterize considerations and consequences of BED and to propose therapy intervention useful in the treatment of BED. Method. Relevant studies were examined and summarized in the form of a narrative review. The author's own proposal of psychological intervention was presented. Results. BED is common, especially in obese people. It makes loosing weight difficult. One of the most effective methods of curing it, is psychotherapy. The proposed psychological intervention for BED includes the following aspects: analysis, consciousness, relaxation, control, and distance. This is a register of specific advice for an ill person. Conclusions. The treatment of BED is a process. It takes time and consists of a gradual decrease of symptoms. The aim of the therapy is the acquisition of control in the range of one's own eating behaviours and psychological states.