I am a 32 year old binge eating male. I have been binging for 6 years. I do not purge. I am dangerously overweight. I am sick of living like this. I want to get treatment. Diets do not work for me. Nutrition plans do not work for me. I have a compulsion that is beyond my control. I understand this now. I have never had any kind of therapy or psychiatric treatment before but I suspect I also have borderline clinical anxiety and depression on top of the BED although I think that much of my anxiety and depression gets mixed up with the tension and shame of the eating. I feel like I want to really get away at a rehab type place but most of these places seem to be for people who already have a treatment team and all that. How do I get started with treatment? Is a residential facility going to be an appropriate place for a male of my age? Can you recommend a good facility for someone with my types of problems?
I'm glad you have decided to take the step to get treatment. It sounds to me like you have an unhealthy coping skill rather than a dieting problem. It seems like a weight loss program would have worked if dieting was the issue. You do not have to have a treatment team to go to a residential facility. Because I do not know appropriate details like where you live or the severity of your disorder, it is very difficult for me to refer you to a specific treatment center. It would probably be a good idea for you to see a therapist in your area so that you can be properly evaluated. You may not need to go to such a high level of care in order to effectively treat the BED. Once the therapist evaluates you, he or she can then refer you to a local treatment center that treats men and fits your needs. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact me at goodtherapysandiego.com.