Binge Eating: Treatment

Treatments available for binge eating disorder include psychotherapy, medications, behavioral weight-loss programs and self-help strategies. The primary goal of treatment, to reduce or eliminate bingeing behavior, may go hand in hand with the goal of weight loss. However, not all children and adolescents with the disorder need to lose weight. Psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy in particular, can help patients deal with the issues that may trigger binge eating, such as a negative body image, anxiety, or depression. Interpersonal psychotherapy may assist with binge eating that is triggered by difficult relationships with others, including family members. While there is no medication specifically to treat binge eating disorder, although there is some limited evidence to suggest that antidepressants and the anticonvulsant topiramate (Topamax) may be helpful in treatment of particularly resisitant cases.