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Vyvanse, A New Binge Eating Disorder Medication

Vyvanse, A New Binge Eating Disorder Medication

Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) is a medication that was previously used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but Vyvanse is now being marketed as the first and only Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved treatment for moderate to severe binge eating disorder. Although there are some concerns when it comes to taking this pill, it’s a great opportunity for those suffering from binge eating disorder to have another treatment option to utilize. Also, the additional research will help progress binge eating disorder treatment options in the future.

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Hungry: When I Went On Starvation Diets

Hungry: When I Went On Starvation Diets

Hungry: When I Went On Starvation Diets

It might seem obvious that starvation diets, restricting food to the point where you are not taking in enough calories for your body to properly function, is a bad idea. But when you have an eating disorder and you’re desperate to lose weight, sometimes you do things that are definitely not good ideas. But starvation diets don’t work in the long term and will only hurt your body. Although starvation diets are popularly linked with anorexia nervosa, people with other eating disorders can experience this as well.

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Gastric Surgery and Binge Eating Disorder

Gastric Surgery and Binge Eating Disorder

In 2012, my weight was out of control, my eating was out of control, and I had failed every diet that I had been on in the last 20 years, including a starvation diet. I was lost as to what to do next. But I went to an informational session for bariatric surgery, and let’s just say, it changed my life.

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Binge Eating Disorder and Other Mental Health Disorders

Binge Eating Disorder and Other Mental Health Disorders

Lots of people with mental health disorders, such as binge eating disorder, don’t just suffer from one mental illness. Comorbidity is a term used to describe when two or more chronic illnesses are present in the same person. While not everyone has this problem, lots of people do suffer from binge eating disorder and other mental health disorders. For instance, I have binge eating disorder and bipolar disorder. Sometimes, one mental health disorder can aggravate the other and it can make dealing with binge eating disorder all the more complicated.

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Binge Eating Disorder's Intrusive Thoughts

Binge Eating Disorder's Intrusive Thoughts

When you suffer from a problem like binge eating disorder, you never really conquer all of your demons, particularly those of intrusive thoughts. As hard as you try to keep your thoughts positive and not focus on your body and weight, sometimes there is a spontaneous recurrence of  your previous toxic ideas (intrusive thoughts). But when these things happen, and I promise you, they will, you have to take it in stride, realize that these thoughts are not correct and don’t need to be considered. Then you have to tell yourself what is actually true.

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Binge Eating Disorder and Unwanted Medical Advice

Binge Eating Disorder and Unwanted Medical Advice

Do you get unwanted, unsolicited medical advice about binge eating disorder? For me, it never fails. The second I mention to an acquaintance or family member, whether online or in person, something about my diet, my food, or anything of that nature, I suddenly get inundated with unwanted medical advice. Even offhanded comments, like trying a new food or baking for someone’s birthday, causes people to switch into know-it-all mode and start dishing out doctor’s orders about binge eating disorder that no one asked for. No one that you casually know should be advising you on your diet, especially when you didn’t ask them to in the first place.

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About Star LaBranche, Author of "Binge Eating Recovery"

About Star LaBranche, Author of "Binge Eating Recovery"

My name is Star LaBranche and I’m so excited to be writing for the new blog, Binge Eating Recovery. I’ve struggled with my weight and body image my entire life. Although my eating problems went unnoticed for years, I was finally diagnosed with overeating and food addiction (now known as binge eating disorder) a few years ago. Since then, it’s been a journey of discovery to find a way to eat, be healthy and feel comfortable in my own skin. It hasn’t been easy and there are always setbacks, but I’m on the right path.

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