Everyone eats more than they need to from time-to-time, and while this may cause slight discomfort for some people, it is usually nothing to worry about. However, when a person overeats on a regular basis, it could be a sign of compulsive overeating disorder. Here are two signs that it may be time to seek help.
A person who compulsively overeats may not show immediate signs of his or her behavior. Instead, he or she will eat normally when with others, but may gorge excessively on food when alone. They may even stockpile a stash of food to eat when in private. One of the hallmarks of the disorder is keeping this behavior a secret.
Individuals who compulsively overeat feel out of control and powerless over the urge to eat. Thus they will continue to eat even after the point of being full. For some, eating this way is they only way to deal with negative feelings.
There is hope for those suffering from this disorder. Contact Fairwinds Treatment Center to learn how our dual diagnosis treatment approach can help.