Binge Eating Disorder : An Overview And Multiple Treatment Options

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Binge Eating Disorder: An Overview and Multiple Treatment Options
Binge eating disorder has been the source of a long standing debate regarding if it should be categorized into its own distinct diagnosis for several years. Until 1994 with the publication of the fourth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-IV, where it submitted the distinct diagnosis for further review, it was categorized into a classification of Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (Myers & Wiman, 2013). In 2013, after various testing, diagnosis, and research studies, it was decided that binge eating disorder should be a distinct eating disorder in the DSM-5, along with bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa (Myers & Wiman, 2013). Due to this newly practiced diagnosis, it is important to look at all the factors surrounding the diagnosis to gain a better understanding of disorder.
Research in neuroscience related to binge eating disorder has shown that there is likely a reason or cause to binge eating disorder. McElroy discusses the biological concepts and neuroscience behind eating disorders, as well as medical treatments such as antiepileptic drugs (McElroy, et al., 2003). The FDA has approved topiramate for the purposes of treating epilepsy and other seizure disorders, but it has been studied and used off the label for various purposes, such as appetite suppression, and binge eating disorder (McElroy, et al., 2003). In this…

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