As a disabled veteran, I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. My psychiatrist was not able to stabilize my medication, however, until I began treating myself carefully as a food addict. I am abstinent from sugar, flour and caffeine; I weigh and measure my meals and I work with other food addicts for support. This has not only impacted my primary diagnosis positively, it has stopped my bingeing, supported appropriate weight loss and ended my food cravings.

Please include food as a Substance Use Disorder in the DSM-5. This will allow many more food addicts to get the medical treatment and support they need.

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