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What's next? Alternative treatments / group therapy

I'm very new to this subject. It's only recently that I've learned I suffered from disordered eating (binge eating). While I appreciate finally giving this problem a name, I'm having trouble figuring out my next course of action. I'm hoping someone here has experienced one or more of these suggested treatments and can tell me more about what to expect.

Hypnosis: My Internist was the one who suggested this. I've never considered it but I'm keeping an open mind. After some preliminary research it doesn't sound like a quick fix and would require multiple visits. It also isn't cheap or covered by insurance. Has anyone tried this and would be willing to share their experience, good or bad?

Over Eaters Anonymous: Suggested by my health coach. I've tried a phone meeting because I haven't worked up the nerve to show up in person. Felt like a wasted hour. A woman talked about her story for an hour and gave no one else a chance to talk, or offered solutions or suggestions. It was supposed to be a newcomers meeting but I would have expected a chance for Q&A. Did I just join the wrong call? I don't want to give up before giving it a fair chance but I wasn't impressed.

Therapy: Hoping someone here can share their experience trying to find a good fit. I think this is my next course of action but I have no idea what to expect. I don't expect it to be comfortable but I've never tried therapy before, how do I know if I've found the right fit? Is this the type of thing where you get what you pay for? Do I need to consider getting second opinions?

I know it's going to take time and commitment to correct this behavior and I know no one can give out medical advice here, but I'm hoping someone can help guide me in the right direction based on being in a similar situation.

Hi ML4913, welcome to the

Hi ML4913, welcome to the forums and glad to hear you are finally getting answers to your struggles. You will find that you are not alone and this is a great place for support and advice. It sounds like you are already thinking about possible options for treatment which is great. While I don’t have personal experience with hypnosis or Over Eaters Anonymous, I can speak to the benefits of therapy. Therapy - especially with a therapist who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders can offer you a really safe place to explore your feelings and why they are contributing to your behaviors. It’s helpful to have an objective opinion or insight into any underlying reasons as to why you binge. You’ll know if it’s the right fit by how you feel afterward. Did you feel listened to, validated, unashamed? Sometimes it does take a few therapist to find the right fit and that’s ok. I would also recommend considering a dietician as they can address some of the dietary challenges with binge eating or offer meal plans during your treatment. If you don’t know where to start, the NEDA Helpline can help! You can call them Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm and Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (EST) at 1-800-931-2237. They can get let you know of therapist or dieticians in your area. I wish you the best and encourage you to continue to post for support!

First of all, welcome to the

First of all, welcome to the forums! Thank you for joining this community. I would just like to reiterate what als2908 said about therapy. In my own experience, therapy provided a great outlet for me and really helped me understand my own feelings. I usually left my sessions feeling understood and validated. Just like with any form of treatment, therapy isn't a quick fix; it takes time and work on both your part and your therapists', but I truly believe that it is worth it. I would definitely call the NEDA Helpline and look into the resources that they provide to you, but don't give up if the first professional you see isn't the right fit. There are so many more out there, and I guarantee you that one of them will be the one for you.

Good luck, and keep us updated!

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