Binge Eating Disorder is actually the most common eating disorder, diagnosed in about 3.5% of adult women. BED is also one of the most misunderstood eating disorders. With the DSM 5 only just officially separating BED out as its own diagnosis and the current lack of knowledge by medical professionals, BED patients often face tremendous shame when seeking help. In this introductory presentation, we will discuss BED diagnostic criteria, understand how shame plays a role in seeking help and following through with treatment, and also discuss the two main approaches to treating BED.
Vanessa Scaringi, PhD is a licensed psychologist in Austin, Texas. She started her private practice in 2015, primarily focusing on continuing to work with eating disorder populations. Dr. Scaringi began working with eating disorders in 2005, when she researched predictors of eating disorder symptomatology in college populations. Since then she has continued working with eating disorders both in a research capacity and clinically. Dr. Scaringi has worked with patients struggling with eating disorders at all levels of care, giving her exposure to the continuum of severity within this debilitating subset of psychiatric disorders. For more information, please visit her website.
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The internationally recognized Eating Disorders Program at Laureate in Tulsa, OK, is designed to meet the needs of individuals with anorexia nervosa, bulimia and other eating-related difficulties. Since 1990, our staff has helped patients and families understand eating disorders and how to recover from them. Learn more about the Laureate Eating Disorders Program at their website.