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Topic: Psychological therapies for BED
sam
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Psychological therapies for BED
on: February 13, 2012, 20:11

I suffer from compulsive overheating and BED.


I was referred for assessment in Brighton which was a total disaster.


I have a great GP and health insurance so I can get referred for some professional help.


He wants to refer me to the Priory for some psychological therapy.


I haven't decided to go ahead as I would prefer to get a reccomendation from someone who has been. I'd ideally want to get help from someone who specifically has experience of treating males with eating disorders. It seems difficult to find any of this information out so I'd be very grateful if someone can help.


kitbass
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Re: Psychological therapies for BED
on: February 24, 2013, 20:23

Hi Sam,


Sorry to hear you are having problems but you have made the best step in deciding to get some help for it.


I myself have Binge Eating Disorder and I have suffered for the past 20 years or so with it. Around 11 years ago I was referred to a Psychologist for what they call Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).


In the sessions we discussed the many different aspects of what happens before, during and after a binge for me personally. After a few sessions it moved on to looking at things that might trigger a binge episode and how to identify when one may be about to happen.

Once they had been found we then tried to look at ways to cope with those trigger situations to try and prevent the binges from starting again and how to put them into practice.


Unfortunately for me that was when the psychologist I was dealing with decided to leave the NHS for a private practice and I never got any further sessions. I am sorry to say I haven't had any more treatment through the NHS to deal with my B.E.D. since then so I self-managed it as best I can.


In my experience there is very little information in the NHS about eating disorders for men specifically and most of it is geared towards women. I have just taken part in some research studies that will hopefully change the way the NHS deals with our situation but who knows when it will finally happen.


I hope this has helped and I wish you all the best luck with your treatment. Please feel free to keep me updated or even if you just need someone to chat with.


All the best


I am a 33 year old guy who has suffered with Binge Eating Disorder since the age of 14. I was diagnosed at 22 years old and my weight had ballooned massively. I went for treatment with the NHS but they only gave me 12 sessions of CBT and my psychologist left after 6 of them. I have been left to muddle through things on my own and i still struggle to this day. I want to get the message out to other guys that it is ok to come forward and ask for help.

Guest
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Re: Psychological therapies for BED
on: February 25, 2013, 14:49

I agree with kitbass, Sam. if you need to chat or ask questions then this can be a good place to do that.


I feel like part of the problem is that the services that offer treatment and the routes through that treatment are sadly not 'there' yet – no one has been able to come up with a tailored approach to supporting people (particularly guys) that has been used, evaluated and refined & changed to make sure it's of benefit.


This sometimes means you end up getting to what works through lots of trial and error – which can be very difficult. sorry I'm not able to recommend (or say no) to the Priory-style support. Although, for what it's worth, the stage I'm at with my binge-eating disorder I do feel like an in-patient, intensive stay at a facility might make all the difference to me, rather than just weekly treatment etc.


Will


kitbass
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Re: Psychological therapies for BED
on: February 25, 2013, 20:01

That is exactly what the problem is Will, there doesn't seem to be enough of us willing to step forward and offer our voices to get the top dogs in the NHS to listen. Hopefully the research that they are doing at the moment will result in some changes being made and help other guys get to the place they need to be.


At least it looks like the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual version 5 will include more information on diagnosis of eating disorders. I just wonder whether it will be the age old problem of it being gender specific in nature, or , if they have taken account of the guys who have stepped forward.


We can only hope!


I am a 33 year old guy who has suffered with Binge Eating Disorder since the age of 14. I was diagnosed at 22 years old and my weight had ballooned massively. I went for treatment with the NHS but they only gave me 12 sessions of CBT and my psychologist left after 6 of them. I have been left to muddle through things on my own and i still struggle to this day. I want to get the message out to other guys that it is ok to come forward and ask for help.

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