Teen Binge-Eating Disorder Description
Teen Binge-Eating Disorder is an eating disorder in which teens regularly use over-eating as a means to escape their current stress and/or unhappiness. Teens with Binge-Eating Disorder commonly go through a cycle which involves them first feeling unhappy or discontent; then they over-eat excessively as an effort to feel better; after eating, though they might experience temporary relief, they will then feel intensified negative feelings, including shame and guilt; and these negative feelings will eventually lead them to over-eating once again. While teens with Binge-Eating Disorder tend to already suffer from low opinions of themselves, these eating cycles tend to make teens feel even worse.
Teen Binge-Eating Disorder Symptoms
Like other eating disorders, Teen Binge-Eating Disorder causes a number of physical, mental, emotional, and relational effects. Along with feeling guilty and shameful about their behaviors, it’s common for teens to hide their behaviors and withdraw from others, in order to do so. They might also eat in secret, eat very quickly, and often feel disgusted with themselves, after eating.
Because of the nature of the over-eating behaviors, teens with Binge-Eating Disorder often suffer from weight gain that can lead to a number of different health concerns, including but not limited to:
- elevated blood pressure
- heart disease
- lack of energy
- kidney and liver problems
- heart disease
On the mental and emotional levels, as these teens continue to maintain this destructive cycle and inflict shame and guilt upon themselves, they often will experience increasing feelings of anxiety and even depression.
Teen Binge-Eating Disorder Treatment
Our teen binge-eating disorder treatment plans at Paradigm San Francisco include a combination of techniques and approaches, in order to help teens change their eating behaviors as well as their beliefs and attitudes about food. From the very start, we work with teens to ensure that we’re addressing any pressing physical health concerns. Beyond this, we work with teens to employ changes to their eating behaviors, which often involves some oversight and accountability. While working with teens to begin eating in healthy amounts during their time at Paradigm, we also work with them in talk therapy sessions, to help them process their thoughts, feelings, and beliefs, surrounding eating. For instance, it’s very important to help teens identify the connections between their feelings about themselves and the over-eating they do, as well as the “triggers” or stressors in their lives which may cause them to binge-eat. And lastly, we work with teens to help them explore those deeper emotional stressors, so that they can address the distress they’re feeling, which has led to such unhealthy behaviors. Because we approach treatment holistically, it’s common for us to incorporate a number of different therapeutic resources, such as stress-reduction techniques, exercise programs, and art outlets. For teens with Binge-Eating Disorder, we find that the nutrition and exercise components of our treatment programs are especially valuable in helping to support teens and prepare them to make positive, lasting life changes, during their time here at Paradigm San Francisco.
Paradigm San Francisco
Paradigm San Francisco is a residential adolescent treatment center, which provides holistic treatment for teens struggling with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. At Paradigm San Francisco, we provide treatment for all eating disorders, including teen binge-eating disorder treatment.