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Maybe you just found out that Binge Eating Disorder (B.E.D.) is a real medical condition. You read through the symptoms and thought, “This sounds like me.” At this point, you might be wondering if you should talk to a doctor or other healthcare provider.
You might also be feeling a little nervous about having that conversation. And that is totally understandable. If you’re like a lot of people who struggle with B.E.D. symptoms, there’s a good chance you don’t discuss your binge eating episodes with anyone. You might worry about feeling judged or dismissed. Getting prepared for your appointment can help.
Remember, you are not alone. B.E.D. is a diagnosable condition, and your doctor is there to help you manage your health. Here are some tips on how to bring up the eating behaviors that are concerning you and ways to be prepared for questions your doctor may have for you.
Fill in the guide and bring it to your doctor. The doctor discussion guide isn’t a diagnostic tool, but it can help you and your doctor understand the symptoms you’re experiencing.
Your doctor may ask questions about your eating habits and tendencies. Journaling can help you keep track of what you eat, help identify patterns over time and provide a record of how you felt before, during, and after any binge eating episodes.
Opening up about the very thing you’ve tried to keep hidden might be easier said than done. But, remember, your doctor is on your side, and your conversation is confidential. Be honest about any concerns you have related to your eating, ask questions and find out what your options are.
If you are concerned about B.E.D. or you’ve been diagnosed and you’re interested in learning about treatment with Vyvanse, you probably have a lot of questions. Write them down before your appointment and bring them with you. Take notes during your conversation and keep in mind that your doctor may not have all the answers since B.E.D. was recently recognized as a distinct medical condition. It may take time for your doctor to complete your evaluation and determine if B.E.D. is the cause for your binge eating episodes.
Binge Eating Disorder Association
A national organization focused on providing leadership, recognition, prevention, and treatment of B.E.D.
National Eating Disorders Association
The leading non-profit organization in the United States advocating on behalf of and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders.
The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness
A source of community outreach, education, awareness, and prevention of the various eating disorders.
American Medical Association
The AMA is dedicated to promoting the science of medicine and improving public health.
American Psychiatric Association
The world’s largest psychiatric organization, working with members to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders.
American Psychological Association
The APA is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
A nationwide grassroots mental health organization, dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.