binge eating disorder

Discrimination from one’s manager really hurts

Note: to be marginalized or discriminated at work has a severe impact on all. But on all bipolars and cyclothymics, it generates vivid feelings anger, low self worth, feelings of failure, despair about life, and more. It seems to stop the drive to proceed in one’s career with enthusiasm and interest. Further, for most, it starts the slide into episodes of depression or long periods of mixed state anxiety (energized depression with anxious fearful thoughts). We are posting regularly on stress, ptsd and bullying. You’ll note several articles in the last month discuss the chemistry biological changes caused by stress. There are MANY. Further, these changes in chemistry are the same as those accomplished by PTSD. 10 articles were posted this summer on chemistry changes by PTSD. Stress and PTSD are now known to not just impact the brain in many ways, but also other elements of body chemistry and even the chromosomes. Check them all out. Find out what has been triggering you. Then, look at the many many articles on mindfulness and recovery in this site. Further, good bipolar medications that allow consciousness and thinking are important (see books 1 and 2, Bipolar Questions).

It’s now fall. its, the shift into low blue light in the atmosphere. See many posts on this. Winter SADD is coming. Time to change those light bulbs in the office and home. There are many tips on preparing for both the fall bump down in mood and winter depression. In addition, you are now “armed” to stop the winter weight gain with articles on intervention in hunger and preparation for winter. It’s time NOW to implement that diet and exercise program. Reviews of diets and links were included in 5 September articles. Recommended for you was the high protein healthy oil diet. This reduces some fats from the Mediterranean diet with includes cheeses. We all love cheese, but the concentration of calories cannot be overcome for many bipolars and leads to weight gain. Review the diets and find one for you. Research has shown that for the general population, the top 5 diets have about the same outcome, but it’s just a matter that you do one. Further, three articles were posted this year on eating when not hungry, BID, binge eating disorder. This is a struggle for most bipolars.

Included the last few months are many articles on the soul of the bipolar cyclothymic person. You have a soul. Find it, take care of it, let it flourish in the world. Apart of grandiosity is joy, happiness, plans, and hope. They are not the same, grandiosity of bipolar and drive of a hopeful human. Check those articles out. A quote by Rumi, 13th centry Sufi poet: Unfold your own story. 

Take time to enjoy fall.

Dr. B

ScienceDaily: Anxiety News
Discrimination from one’s manager really hurts
Mental health workers are more likely to be depressed or anxious when they experience discrimination from their managers than when it comes from patients, a study has found.
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Curbing hunger when you have bipolar disorder / cyclothymia: snacks

Bipolar disorder for most is a constant battle with weight gain. The gains are not only from the medications, but by binge eating from anxiety and fear, as well as American overeating.

If you are starving all the time, can never get full even when eating, then consider issues with your medications Have your MD help you address this, which could include moving to a different medication if you can be adequately treated on the new medication.

If you are a bipolar person with a weight issue, I don’t always recommend Overeaters Anon, as I’ve noticed bipolars come out of those sorts of programs feeling guilty, more neurotic, and actually more obsessed with food. Hypnosis for some can be an alternative, if you commit to it long term. A support group that is based on a particular diet (Atkins, Low Carb, and so on), is a great place to land. In those groups, the emphasis is on getting informed and managing the diet. Be sure you have good reading material on that diet.

Hunger, though is not just a medication issue. It’s a powerful drive for all. If you are in a state of hunger, there are some things you can do. Now, if hungry, and you intervene with these snacks, the difference in hunger could show up tomorrow (see this issue in any protein diet or low carb diet book). But, for today, you still want to choose a snack that is high in protein to adjust the insulin system. If you eat carbs like popcorn cakes, you’ll be hungry later. The same goes for chips. Extremely fatty foods might fill you up, but the struggle will be: how can you burn off all those calories because fats are calorie dense?

Here are some non carb foods for snacks:

1. low fat jerky that is not laden with calorie rich teriyaki sauce

2. canned turkey or tuna

3. low fat turkey, especially lunch meat

4. edible soy beans, raw

5. low carb high protein bars


Hey, I bet those power bars were made in the Powerbar factory in Boise!

6. high protein shake (found in pharmacy section of Walmart), in bottle, can, or powder form. These can be found also at most stores, including convenience stores and vitamin/health shops.


And, another resource for discounts on these products is Hey, that’s another Boise based company.

Be sure to read the labels on all foods. We posted articles this last week on different diets, as well as the Eat this not That Book series and accompanying websites. McDonalds now posts on menus carb counts on meals. This is helpful. And, it’s a bit shocking: one can have two servings of chicken tenders instead of MOST sandwiches where you’ll get the same calorie amount. It is likely even that the deep fried chicken is still lower in fat than the sandwich, as pointed out in Eat This Not That Fast Food version.

Hmmm, somehow these did not make the snack list:
nachos or chips

But, I’m SURE donuts one day will make the list. See my tongue in cheek diet at:

 and, our bipolar affirmations at Pinterest:

 Remember, if you must snack on junky food, eat a protein with that to curb later appetite. 

Good luck
Dr. Bunch

Binge Eating Disorder:


 You may have no obvious physical signs or symptoms when you have binge-eating disorder. You may be overweight or obese, or you may be at a normal weight. However, you likely have numerous behavioral and emotional signs and symptoms, such as:

  • Eating unusually large amounts of food
  • Eating even when you’re full or not hungry
  • Eating rapidly during binge episodes
  • Eating until you’re uncomfortably full
  • Frequently eating alone
  • Feeling that your eating behavior is out of control
  • Feeling depressed, disgusted, ashamed, guilty or upset about your eating
  • Experiencing depression and anxiety
  • Feeling isolated and having difficulty talking about your feelings
  • Frequently dieting, possibly without weight loss
  • Losing and gaining weight repeatedly, also called yo-yo dieting

After a binge, you may try to diet or eat normal meals. But restricting your eating may simply lead to more binge eating, creating a vicious cycle.
When to see a doctor
If you have any symptoms of binge-eating disorder, seek medical help as soon as possible. Binge-eating disorder usually doesn’t get better by itself, and it may get worse if left untreated.
Talk to your primary care doctor or a mental health provider about your binge-eating symptoms and feelings. If you’re reluctant to seek treatment, talk to someone you trust about what you’re going through. A friend, loved one, teacher or faith leader can help you take the first steps to successful treatment of binge-eating disorder.
Helping a loved one who has symptoms
A person with binge-eating disorder can become an expert at hiding behavior, making it hard for others to detect the problem. If you have a loved one you think may have symptoms of binge-eating disorder, have an open and honest discussion about your concerns. You can offer encouragement and support and help your loved one find a qualified doctor or mental health provider and make an appointment. You may even offer to go along.

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Carbohydrates: pushing eating when not hungry and BID: binge eating disorder

Role of Cellular Protein Demonstrated in Regulation of Binge Eating

ScienceDaily (June 20, 2012) — Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have demonstrated in experimental models that blocking the Sigma-1 receptor, a cellular protein, reduced binge eating and caused binge eaters to eat more slowly.

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The research, which is published online in Neuropsychopharmacology, was led by Pietro Cottone, PhD, and Valentina Sabino, PhD, both assistant professors in the pharmacology and psychiatry departments at BUSM.
Binge eating disorder, which affects approximately 15 million Americans, is believed to be the eating disorder that most closely resembles substance dependence. In binge eating subjects, normal regulatory mechanisms that control hunger do not function properly. Binge eaters typically gorge on “junk” foods excessively and compulsively despite knowing the adverse consequences, which are physical, emotional and social in nature. In addition, binge eaters typically experience distress and withdrawal when they abstain from junk food.
The researchers developed an experimental model of compulsive binge eating by providing a sugary, chocolate diet only for one hour a day while the control group was given a standard laboratory diet. Within two weeks, the group exposed to the sugary diet exhibited binge eating behavior and ate four times as much as the controls. In addition, the experimental binge eaters exhibited compulsive behavior by putting themselves in a potentially risky situation in order to get to the sugary food while the control group avoided the risk.
The researchers then tested whether a drug that blocks the Sigma-1 receptor could reduce binge eating of the sugary diet. The experimental data showed the drug successfully reduced binge eating by 40 percent, caused the binge eaters to eat more slowly and blocked the risky behavior.
The abnormal, risky behavior exhibited by the binge eating experimental group suggested to the researchers that there could be something wrong with how decisions were made. Because evaluation of risks and decision making are functions executed in the prefronto-cortical regions of the brain, the researchers tested whether the abundance of Sigma-1 receptors in those regions was abnormal in the binge eaters. They found that Sigma-1 receptor expression was unusually high in those areas, which could explain why blocking its function could decrease both compulsive binge eating and risky behavior.
“These findings suggest that the Sigma-1 receptor may contribute to the neurobiological adaptations that cause compulsive-like eating, opening up a new potential therapeutic treatment target for binge eating disorder,” said Cottone, who also co-directs the Laboratory of Addictive Disorders at BUSM with Sabino.


this idea is supported by the protein diet and carb addicts diet:

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Bipolar Disorder Cyclothymia and Binge Eating Disorder, What to do

The understanding of binge eating and overeating has come into its own these days. I just finished some new training on binge eating and would like to pass on a few ideas and some resources.

First, I see it as the number one eating problem of bipolar disorder patients:

1. unconscious eating, heavy grazing of food
2. overeating, large amounts
3. eating when full or not hungry

Unlike Bulimia, there may not necessarily be planned binge eating with Binge Eating Disorder (which is a new term and evolving). However, there is overeating when not needing food. The triggers for this could be both genetic and inherited as well as primarily stress.

Unlike the rampant hunger given by Zyprexa and some other medications, the binge eat does not have a severe appetite problem. They feel full. While there are many ways to look at the triggers, it seems too much depth analysis of that may not help: insight into the triggers helps as does behavioral therapy, or actions to intervene. The number one aid for this is charting or monitoring.

There is a problem with BED for patients even treated well. I do see more BED with lamictal use as well as Abilify. But, for those on good regiments, say lithium, BED can come about because

1. mood and stress problems are reduced and to leave that chaotic lifestyle can actually be a stressor of itself: what do I do with my time and mind now it’s calmer
2. there is an expectation that the good mood medication alleviates all life woes and you are impervious to life stress and struggle. Change, shift, stress, work problems and so on will still come into your life.
3. there are problems in life like biting your nails and overeating that are pretty hard to overcome.

If you are an overeater, and you binge half the time in a month, putting 5 to 10 lbs a month is easy. And, most patients then blame their medication. While there are those that clearly cause weight gain, there are those that do not……hmmmm, the problem might be you and your eating? Ya think?

And, if it is you and binge eating, there is no mood medication that greatly impacts this. The diet medications should be used with extreme caution if you are bipolar. They could help and they could open mania. Its a big gamble.

I would like to recommend books and materials that are current to the last 8 years so that they include new information on overeating and different types of binging.

If you have a website or book like this you’d like to recommend, please put that in the comments section below. Thanks, Dr. Bunch

Here are a couple of recommendations for information:

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