Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope
Coming to terms with any type of physical or mental struggle can be difficult to the say the least. Because there is so much stigma and shame associated with disease in general, acknowledging and accepting a diagnosis can feel more like judgment and labeling. Especially when it comes to mental illness and eating disorders, having the diagnosis of binge eating disorder can bring out a wide range of emotions.
If you have been diagnosed with binge eating disorder, you may be experiencing many different thoughts and feelings about this. On one hand, it can feel as though you are being labeled or stigmatized as something other than you are. On the other side of things, it can be a relief to have a name with what you have been struggling with. Putting a name with the struggles you have been facing means that you can more effectively treat the issue.
It is important to know that having a diagnosis of binge eating disorder does not equate to hopelessness. There are many steps you can take and resources you can access once you begin to have a better understanding of the mental illnesses that you may be dealing with. While there are stigmas associated with many health diseases and issues, knowing exactly what you are struggling with can be enlightening and empowering.
If you have been struggling with symptoms of binge eating disorder but are unsure about an official diagnosis, be sure to connect with a professional who specializes in eating disorders. These specialists can use assessments to help figure out a diagnosis for what you may be struggling with, which can help lead you towards the treatment and help you need to recover. Accepting and acknowledging a diagnosis of binge eating disorder can be overwhelming, so be sure to process what you are feeling and experiencing with someone you trust. Having a support team throughout your journey will give you a strong foundation from which you can build your recovery.
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The opinions and views of our guest contributors are shared to provide a broad perspective of eating disorders. These are not necessarily the views of Eating Disorder Hope, but an effort to offer a discussion of various issues by different concerned individuals. We at Eating Disorder Hope understand that eating disorders result from a combination of environmental and genetic factors. If you or a loved one are suffering from an eating disorder, please know that there is hope for you, and seek immediate professional help.
Last Updated & Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on October 9, 2015. Published on EatingDisorderHope.com