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What Role Does the Family Play in An Eating Disorder?

The family is either going to be positive or negative, there is no such thing as neutral when it comes to the impact of a family member on the eating disorder.  Therapists err when they fail to recognize the powerful role that the family plays in the recovery process.  Because many traditional therapists believe that it is a “boundary violation” to involve family members in treatment, they effectively create a situation which makes it less likely that the patient will recover.  Excluding the family creates a sense of helplessness and futility for them and isolates the patient even further.

Parents must understand what to expect in terms of the recovery process or they may inadvertently derail it and therapists must facilitate that understanding by insisting on the family’s active involvement.

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Night Eating Syndrome & Sleep Related Eating Disorders

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Night Eating Syndrome and Sleep Related Eating Disorders; When “Midnight Snacks” Turn into Calorie Loaded Nightmares.

It is estimated that over 6 million Americans are affected by Night Eating Syndrome (NES) or Sleep Related Eating Disorders (SRED), yet most of us have never heard of either of these disorders.  Essentially they involve consumption of large quantities of high carb foods during the night. Because NES and SRED share  the characteristics of other eating, mood and sleep disorders they can easily be misdiagnosed and mistreated.  Those affected by NES or SRED often feel misunderstood, isolated and hopeless.  These feelings can exacerbate other eating disorders and perpetuate a cycle of disturbed eating patterns during the day as well as during the night.

How are NES and SRED different?

While they are similar in as which they involve uncontrolled night eating that interferes with sleep and daytime activities they are fundamentally different. Those with  NES have a difficult time falling asleep and wake frequently with an intense urge to eat, sleep is  prevented until the urge is satisfied.  This syndrome usually occurs when the individual is battling stress and depression. SRED is the act of preparing and eating food while sleep walking, these individuals will awake with no memory of eating the night before.  This disorder is very common in those who suffer from restrictive eating disorders.

Is Treatment Available for NES and SRED?

Yes, treatment is available.   NES and SRED are a combination of disorders so each disorder must be addressed.   The most effective treatment involves a combination of psychotherapy and behavior therapy, in some cases medication may also be necessary.  When seeking treatment it is advised that you find a health care provider that has experience with NES and SRED.


Sources:

Allison K, Stunkard A, Thier S. Overcoming Night Eating Syndrome. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications; 2004.

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