fbpx

ADHD Online Webinar: Experts Speak about ADHD and Binge-eating Disorder

By Lisa Fields

Webinar episodes Awareness Month 2023 02B

Because many people with ADHD are diagnosed with binge-eating disorder, ADHD Online hosted a webinar this month — as part of ADHD Awareness Month — to share information about both conditions.

ADHD Online’s Chief Medical Officer Barry K. Herman, M.D., a board-certified psychiatrist, spoke about binge-eating disorder and ADHD during the Oct. 11 webinar — the second in our series of October webinars about ADHD.

About 30% of patients with ADHD have some type of disordered eating, (and) the majority of patients who have eating problems with ADHD have binge-eating disorder,” Dr. Herman said during the webinar. “Somewhere between 20 and 25% of patients with ADHD have binge-eating disorder. And conversely, patients with binge-eating disorder have about a 20% chance that they also have co-occurring ADHD.”

People with binge-eating disorder consume large amounts of food in short periods of time. While binging, they often eat quickly, continuing when they’re full. They may binge when they’re alone.

“They hide their binge behaviors,” Dr. Herman said. “They’re often very embarrassed and ashamed and distressed about it.”

Many people with binge-eating disorder think that they have a willpower problem, not an eating disorder. The condition wasn’t formally recognized until 2013, when it was added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), which providers use to diagnose mental health conditions.

Binge-eating disorder shares similarities with bulimia nervosa, another eating disorder. People with bulimia binge, but they also purge — to somehow get rid of what they’ve eaten afterwards. People with binge-eating disorder generally do not do that.

“Patients (with bulimia) engage in … compensatory behaviors to undo the effect of the binge,” such as vomiting, taking laxatives or exercising excessively to burn calories, Dr. Herman said. “With binge-eating disorder, there are no compensatory behaviors.”

Binge-eating disorder also shares similarities with ADHD.

“Both disorders are characterized by what we call dopamine signaling dysregulation,” Dr. Herman said. “The circuits that are regulated by dopamine (a ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitter) are not functioning properly.”

ADHD arises earlier in life than binge-eating disorder.

“ADHD starts in childhood,” Dr. Herman said. “Binge-eating disorder actually starts usually later on, meaning either very late adolescence or early adulthood.”

Providers can assess patients for ADHD and binge-eating disorder simultaneously.

Treatments for binge-eating disorder include psychotherapy and medication. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) has been approved to treat binge-eating disorder. It’s also approved to treat ADHD.

During the webinar, Dr. Herman also talked about screening questions that help to diagnose binge-eating disorder, possible reasons why some people with binge-eating disorder eat excessively at night, possible reasons why many people with binge-eating disorder are not obese and whether or not treatments for binge-eating disorder help patients lose weight.

The third and fourth webinars in ADHD Online’s series will take place Oct. 24 and 25. The Oct. 24 webinar, beginning at 5 p.m. E.T., will include experts exploring and explaining non-stimulant treatment options for ADHD. Dr. Herman and Lakeisha Love, a nurse pracitioner who is dual-certified in family medicine and family psychiatry, will be the presenters.

The Oct. 25 webinar, beginning at 3 p.m. E.T., will explore the connections between ADHD, depression and anxiety. Two presenters will share information about these three conditions, then answer viewers’ questions on these topics. Presenters will be David Toomey, D.O., a family physician with experience in psychological childhood trauma counseling, and Nicole Falcon, a certified family nurse practitioner who specializes in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry.

Explore More

Articles

5 Reasons to Be Thankful for ADHD

By Elizabeth Weiss Everyone is given the opportunity to stop and consider...
Read now
Podcasts

Jen Verhagen and Realizing Your Potential

Jen Verhagen was diagnosed with ADHD five years ago when...
Listen now
Webinars

Unraveling the Puzzle: ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression Explained

Do you often feel ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression overlap, making...
Watch now

Looking to take our Mentavi Smart Assessment? That’s available all day, every day, whenever and wherever is best for you!

Live support will be unavailable during regular business hours on Thursday, November 23, and Friday, November 24. You can always submit a request or leave a voice message. We’ll get back to you when we return on Monday, November 27.

Please note: Each of our clinicians sets their own holiday hours, check with them for their schedule.

Our site is open 24/7! You can always schedule an appointment, check out our podcasts, or read up on the latest ADHD information.

The system is experiencing technical issues scheduling new appointments.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. We understand the importance of making an appointment, and this issue is our top priority.

Please reach out to us via chat or call us at 888-493-ADHD (2343) and we will assist you. If we are not available, please leave us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

The ADHD Online Team

We will perform scheduled maintenance on our Patient Portal on Thursday, September 28 from 5:00 – 6:30 AM ET. During this time, appointment scheduling will not be available.

Our team will be hard at work while many of you sleep to keep the disruption to a minimum. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The ADHD Online (early morning) Team

ADHD Online will be closed on
Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day.

Live support will be unavailable during this time, but you can always submit a request or leave a voice message at 888-493-ADHD (2343). We’ll get back to you when we return on Tuesday, September 5.

Each of our clinicians sets their own holiday hours. Check with your doctor for availability.

Looking to take our Assessment? That’s available all day, every day, whenever and wherever is best for you! 

Provide this form to your local practitioner. You could:

  • Send this link
  • Email the pdf
  • Print it out and bring it to your appointment

Ask your practitioner
to complete the form

In this form, your practitioner will request that ADHD Online continue to provide uninterrupted care

Return the form to us

You or your practitioner can return this form to us via email or fax it to 616-210-3118

Looking to take our Assessment? That’s available all day, every day, whenever and wherever is best for you!

For those seeking an Assessment, you can dive right in! Our portal is up throughout the holiday!

If you have a question for us, our office will be providing holiday patient support on July 3 & 4, and we are committed to responding to your needs as promptly as possible. In-person phone support may be available but limited due to holiday hours.  You can always submit a request or leave a voice message and we will prioritize addressing them upon our return. We genuinely appreciate your understanding. Full office operations will resume on Wednesday, July 5.

If you already are on our Treatment path, be aware that each of our clinicians sets their own holiday hours. Check with your doctor for availability.

ADHD Online will be closed on June 19th in observance of Juneteenth.

Live support will be unavailable while we’re closed but you can always submit a request or leave a voice message. We’ll get back to you when we return on Tuesday, June 20th.

Each of our clinicians sets their own holiday hours. Check with your doctor for availability.

Looking to take our Assessment? That’s available all day, every day, whenever and wherever is best for you!

ADHD Online will be closed on June 19th in observance of Juneteenth.

Live support will be unavailable while we’re closed but you can always submit a request or leave a voice message. We’ll get back to you when we return on Tuesday, June 20th.

Each of our clinicians sets their own holiday hours. Check with your doctor for availability.

Looking to take our Assessment? That’s available all day, every day, whenever and wherever is best for you!