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Release Date: July 10, 2017
Many people experience episodes during which they consume extremely large amounts of food over a short period of time while simultaneously feeling an inability to control their eating or stop. These experiences are referred to as binge eating episodes or binge episodes. Although binge episodes can be a symptom of multiple psychological disorders, frequent episodes of binge eating that are not a result of these other disorders are a separate diagnosis - binge eating disorder (BED) - in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5); American Psychiatric Association [APA], 2013). BED is linked to multiple health problems for the individual, including poor physical health and impaired psychological and social functioning.
Because many professionals working in clinical settings are unfamiliar with the specific diagnostic criteria or clinical considerations for BED, it is commonly misdiagnosed as another eating disorder, such as bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, or eating disorder not otherwise specified. However, the treatment approaches for BED can differ from those used for other eating disorders and such a misdiagnosis could affect the course of treatment and treatment success for a client.
This basic-level course is designed for healthcare professionals in various clinical practice settings including psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and mental health counselors who may come into contact with individuals exhibiting BED. This course provides information to help clinicians better identify and treat individuals with the disorder. This course provides the most current information about BED, including material on the differential diagnosis of BED from related disorders, potential causes of BED, associated features of BED, negative health implications of BED, and pharmacological and psychological options for treating BED in various settings.
- Explain the characteristics of binge eating disorder (BED).
- Differentiate BED from other medical and psychological disorders, including related eating disorders, based on diagnostic criteria and assessment protocols.
- Describe the factors that contribute to the development of BED, the proposed functions of bingeing behavior, and the health consequences of the disorder.
- Identify different treatment approaches for BED and the ideal setting for the implementation of a specific intervention.
- Explain the challenges in the treatment of BED and potential solutions.
Edward A. Selby, PhD, is an assistant professor in the clinical psychology program at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Selby’s extensive research and clinical experience has sought to improve our understanding and treatment of suicidal behavior, eating disorders, and personality disorders. He has written more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters, many of which examine binge eating. In 2015, he was named a “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science. Much of Dr. Selby’s work is aimed at understanding the emotional experiences that precede the onset of a binge episode, as well as the negative emotional and social consequences that result from such behavior. Dr. Selby’s research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Dr. Selby has been extensively trained in major treatments for binge eating behavior, including cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions. Dr. Selby’s recent work has expanded to include developing new treatments for emotional and behavioral problems, including binge eating, employing smartphones for daily digital assessment.
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