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Binge Eating Disorder

I only recently discovered binge eating disorder. Now a lot makes sense! But I'm having a tough time. Dealing with insurance company and trying to find a therapist has been a nightmare! And I have told a couple of people, who I believe are trying to understand, but from comments they have made I can tell they really don't. I am feeling so frustrated and alone. I'm not giving up. I'm going to find a therapist and get some help. But is there anyone else out there that has BED and has gotten help and doing well?

First, I just want to

First, I just want to acknowledge your strength - you aren't giving up, despite feeling frustrated and alone. That takes courage, to be sure.

Insurance and financial concerns can definitely be a nightmare. Getting help is definitely a step in the right direction, though. One possible resource for you to consider is the NEDA helpline at 1-800-931-2237. They will help you find resources specific to you, which might help you in the search for a therapist.

People often don't know what to say, especially when it comes to eating disorders, but I think it's great you're reaching out for support. Keep trying! The forum is also a great source of support, and there are a lot of people on here who understand exactly what you're going through, so please don't feel alone. :-)

You've taken some big steps towards recovery. You should feel proud! Keep going! <3

Hi, penguinmom1313!

I'm glad that learning about binge eating disorder has been helpful for you. Because it wasn't fully recognized as an eating disorder until the release of the DSM-5 back in 2013, I think there are a lot of people who aren't fully aware of binge eating disorder. (I think a lot of people only think of anorexia and bulimia when they think of EDs.) So please know that you're not alone in learning about BED more recently. (The NEDA page about BED has more information on this: .)

I want to echo what PianoGirl said; you sound so incredibly strong and determined, and I applaud you for your demonstration of courage. Finding treatment and recovering from an ED is tough, but I'm glad to hear you aren't feeling too discouraged.

I'll also echo PianoGirl regarding insurance: it can be nightmarish. In addition to the Helpline, NEDA has a great resources page:

Telling others about your ED can be really tough. NEDA also has a great page with advice on talking to people about your ED: . If you find that you need some additional sources for support, consider the NEDA Navigator program: . NEDA will put you in touch with someone who has first-hand experience with EDs and knows where you're coming from.

One of my best friends was diagnosed with BED less than a year ago. The BED diagnosis was a total surprise to her. She went to a psychologist wanting help with her anxiety, and discovered she also had an ED. She had no idea what BED was, and she also had a hard time telling her family and friends about it since they knew so little about EDs. However, she was like you and she was determined to get help, and she did, and she's doing a lot better now.

Remember, recovery is possible. It sounds like you have a lot of "momentum" right now, and I encourage you to use your determination to keep moving in a positive direction towards recovery.

I hope you find these forums helpful. Please keep us updated! We all wish you the best, and we want to hear about your progress!

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