Binge eating disorder-focused guided self-help

Emerging evidence – there isn’t much evidence on this treatment option yet, but the research that has been carried out suggests that it could be helpful.

Guided self-help programmes are based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). CBT is a type of therapy where you learn about how your feelings, thoughts and behaviours affect each other, and can help you change the way you think, behave and feel. “Cognitive” refers to the events that take place in your mind, such as thoughts, images, memories, or processes like worrying. “Behaviour” is what you do, for example hiding, or avoiding something.

Guided self-help programmes involve working through the activities in a workbook. As well as working through the book, you will usually be offered sessions with a therapist who can help you to stick to the programme and address any difficulties you might be having.

Guided self-help can be more helpful if you are motivated and old enough to be able to work through the programme yourself. Your professional may not offer you this treatment option if you are younger and/or need more support with treatment.

Treatments outlined on these webpages may not be available in every local area. It’s important that you discuss with your GP or mental health professional the treatment options available to you. You can also search for services near you on our Youth Wellbeing Directory and find out more about referral processes here.

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