Re: I am a binge eater and am so afraid one day I will just burst...help please!
if you have insurance, therapy could be free . . . i don't really know. Otherwise, it's pretty expensive, but it is VERY worth it.
what can you do on your own? (keeping in mind that i wasn't very good at doing it on my own, here's my advice) make sure you are eating regularly and often (3 meals, snacks and dessert) and not depriving yourself of foods you really enjoy (those usually end up being the binge foods). include all foods you like in portions that you determine BEFORE you start eating. don't eat out of the bag, put it on a plate. eat slowly and try to stop when you're full. eating off a plate, sitting down (as opposed to standing in the kitchen, driving, etc.) really helps too. if you get the urge to binge, set a timer for 20 minutes and tell yourself you have to wait till it goes off before you can start eating (this REALLY worked for me). you might still end up binging, but this helps break into the hypnotic "binge" state and can help you avoid it. often after 20 minutes, the craving is gone. try to identify when you binge and see if there are any patterns. also, the best way for me to not binge is to stop it before it starts. once i get going, i just GO, you know? so if you feel the funny "i want to eat more/just one cookie/i don't know if i'm full enough yet" feeling, DO SOMETHING ELSE. take a walk, read, shower, do a puzzle . . . anything to break into that mindset and gets you thinking about something else. (i tend to smoke A LOT of cigarettes . . . not that i'm recommending that!) one more thing, read "Overcoming Binge Eating" by Dr. Christopher G. Fairburn. It's SO informative and it really makes you realize that you aren't alone with this problem and you aren't freakish, etc. He also sets up a plan to overcome binging without therapy, etc. and i think it's supposed to be really effective, so you could definitely try that!
sorry this is such a novel, but i hope this stuff helps. it's a tough problem, but i know you can beat it! good luck!