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Binge Eating Disorder (BED) Personal Stories – Amy

For many people suffering from binge eating disorder (BED), it can feel isolating, like there is no one to talk to and that no one that truly understands what you are going through. It can also feel like there is no way out and like you will never get to a happy and peaceful place. We’re here to tell you that it is possible to break through and make a positive change. Below is a story of one of our patients and her journey.

Note: names and images are for illustrative purposes.

Amy didn’t realize it, but she was raised to take care of everyone in the family at an early age, due to her parent’s alcoholism, depression, and indifference. She was doing laundry and making meals for the family by age 10. Overwhelmed, Amy began using candy as a way to cope, often hiding it in her room and using it to soothe herself. Amy was also taught to care more about what others thought about her than what she thought about herself. Mom put her on a diet several times. As Amy grew up, she found a career in the helping professions.

Over the next several years, Amy’s family continued to expect her to take care of them. She was frequently called in the middle of the night to manage health problems for elderly relatives. Siblings treated her poorly, knowing she had difficulty setting boundaries with them due to the overwhelming guilt she felt if she put herself first.

Amy joined the DBT for Binge Eating Disorder program at Choices Psychotherapy and learned that her thoughts and feelings matter and are a priority. She learned to check the facts and that she had no reason to feel guilty. As she has integrated this, Amy has stopped binging. She occasionally overeats and is staying in the program to reinforce the skills she’s learned to eliminate overeating as well. Amy has learned how to respect herself and expect respect from others as well. Her weight has stabilized and she is meeting with the Nutrition Counselor (Registered Dietician) at Choices to learn how she can make food choices that reflect her goals.

Learn more about our Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Binge Eating Disorder Program here.

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Choice is the foundation for a change. Choice speaks to the reality that there is not one right answer for all.  At Choices Psychotherapy, we are committed to empowering clients and their families to identify options while assisting in creating a personal roadmap toward health and recovery.