Binge Eating Disorder
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Binge Eating Disorder Caregiver Tips
Caring for someone with binge eating disorder is made more difficult by the complexity of the emotional and psychological issues that are typically involved. Caregiving is also challenging because of the guilt and shame that the sufferer feels about binge eating. To provide the best possible care, and to bolster your own emotional state, keep these tips in mind:
- Learn as much as you can about binge eating disorder, its causes, and its associated psychological issues. It’s important to understand that the disorder is not just about food.
- Be alert to warning signs of binge eating behavior. Remember that the sufferer feels guilty about bingeing and will likely try to hide the behavior from you.
- Talk openly about the disorder with the sufferer, with a goal of lessening any feelings of shame or embarrassment.
- Don’t feel guilty if you feel frustrated or angry with the sufferer. Frustration is an inevitable part of the caregiving process.
- Get away from the situation when you need to. Caregivers are at risk of damage to their own emotional health, so take the time to take care of yourself, too.
- Find a support group for caregivers.
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