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I don’t know why, but I literally feel like I have to be eating all the time. My body will be extremely full, but my mind is telling me that I am still hungry. I do realize how weird this sounds. When I told my doc, she said this was just an excuse for me to eat what I want. I completely disagree. I often find myself trying to fight the urge to eat, but give in soon after. What is going on with me? (age 20, from US)


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I think you should get a second opinion, preferably from an endocrinologist or a neurologist. Yes, the issue could be psychological but it certainly could be medical also. It sounds like your doctor didn’t take you seriously. There is a very complex communication system between our gut and our brain and things can go wrong. I suggest getting it checked out further.

However, even if there is a legitimate medical cause, it might be helpful to work with a therapist to learn some techniques to change cues and behaviors.

All the best,

Dr. Holly Counts



Holly Counts, Psy.D.

Dr. Holly Counts is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She utilizes a mind, body and spirit approach to healing. Dr. Counts received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wright State University and her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Counts has worked in a variety of settings and has specialized in trauma and abuse, relationship issues, health psychology, women’s issues, adolescence, GLBT, life transitions and grief counseling. She has specialty training in guided imagery, EMDR, EFT, hypnosis and using intuition to heal. Her current passion involves integrating holistic and alternative approaches to health and healing with psychology.

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Counts, H. (2018). Overeating. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 19, 2019, from
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