TREATING BINGE EATING DISORDER

July 20, 2021
Hosted by Dr. Patricia Halligan

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Join Alexandra Wilcosz, eating disorder expert and Clinical Director at Monte Nido and Affiliates (a residential treatment center for eating disorders), for a discussion on effective treatment of Binge Eating Disorder. Binge Eating Disorder is the most common eating disorder worldwide. It affects 3 times the number of those diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa combined. It is often accompanied by social isolation, shame, disgust and self loathing. Often not recognized as a legitimate psychiatric/medical disorder, people are often stigmatized, even by their own families and physicians...they tend to be looked down upon and seen as just not having enough will power and self control. On any given day in America, 25% of men and 45% of women are on a diet. Studies show that 95% of all dieters will regain their lost weight within 1 to 5 years. Binge Eating Disorder is not about finding the right diet. Alexandra Wilcosz describes research supported treatment for Binge Eating Disorder and leads us through multiple CBT and IPT exercises aimed at challenging our thinking about food and diets, developing strategies to avoid binges, and developing healthy interpersonal relationship skills necessary to prevent relapse. Also discussed are emotion regulation skills, ways to boost self esteem, develop a healthy relationship with your body and lose the self-loathing.

RECOVERY…THE HERO’S JOURNEY

RECOVERY…THE HERO’S JOURNEY

Tuesday at 12 Noon Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel

RECOVERY: THE HERO’S JOURNEY provides best practice information and support to people struggling with Substance Use Disorders/Process Addictions and Prescription Drug Dependence. We confront the stigma surrounding Opioid Use Disorder and Benzodiazepine Dependence, understanding that both are the direct result of an overprescribing epidemic. We discuss Buprenorphine, a first line, long term treatment for Opioid Use Disorder. We validate people struggling with Benzodiazepine Dependence (ie-Xanax/Klonopin), and offer resources and a recovery plan.

Experts explore Eating Disorders, Sex Addiction, PTSD, and the effects of today’s Cannabis on teens and young adults, offering guidance and resources to individuals struggling with these issues and their families. This podcast gracefully combines interviews with experts in the field and patient stories of recovery and redemption. The show is about connection, reclaiming personal integrity and hope.

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Dr. Patricia Halligan

Dr. Patricia Halligan

Dr. Patricia Halligan is an Addiction Psychiatrist, who specializes in the treatment of patients diagnosed with Substance Use Disorders, Prescription Drug Dependency and Process Addictions. She completed a residency in Psychiatry at Cornell-The New York Hospital, followed by a Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1998. Dr. Halligan is double board certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry and is a trained CSAT (Certified Sex Addiction Therapist). Believing in the healing power of connection, she trained at the Center for Group Studies in NYC and runs modern analytic group therapy for people in recovery.

Dr. Halligan has been prescribing Buprenorphine in her private practice since 2003 and continues to be a strong advocate for patients with Opioid Use Disorder throughout the Opioid Epidemic. She has spent the last two decades in the trenches of two tragic epidemics caused by the overprescribing of both Opioids and Benzodiazepines.

Aware that the lack of addiction training in medicine has largely contributed to both epidemics, she has resolved to devote some time to teaching. She creates CME accredited addiction education videos and training workshops for health care providers. Dr. Halligan decided to create this show to support people who are taking the hero’s journey into recovery and their families. You’ll hear interviews with experts surrounding best practices, and embrace the elimination of stigma.

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