Category: anxiety

Eating Disorders and Anxiety: What Tools Are Available to Help?

Man sitting in the grass Eating disorders and anxiety often occur together. One study found 53% of patients with eating disorders were also diagnosed with anxiety [1]. Another group of researchers concluded that those diagnosed with anxiety by age 10 may be more likely to develop an eating disorder than others [2]. The thoughts, feelings, and sensations associated with an urge [...]
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5 Tips for Relieving Anxiety in Eating Disorder Treatment

man stressed about compulsive overeating As if battling an eating disorder or generalized anxiety disorder wasn’t challenging enough, the difficult truth is that the two often come hand-in-hand. So, how does a person go about relieving anxiety in eating disorder treatment? Two-thirds of those struggling with an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder) will face this combination throughout their [...]
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Addressing Underlying Anxiety and Depression in Eating Disorders

Woman working through Anxiety and Depression in Eating Disorders and Binge Eating Disorder and Diabetes Contributed by Canopy Cove The comorbidity rate of eating disorders with other mental illness diagnoses is incredibly high. One study determined that 97% of female inpatients were diagnosed with at least one other mental illness [1]. So what is the best way to approach Anxiety and Depression in Eating Disorders? Two of the most common comorbidities [...]
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Soothing Stress and Anxiety Outside of Disordered Eating

Woman suffering from stress and anxiety Dysfunctional eating behaviors often arise due to a lack of positive self-soothing behaviors [1]. This is why it is important to learn tools in soothing stress and anxiety. Stressful moments will inevitably come our way. Failing to prepare for them in hopes they won’t only lead to further stress, increasing the temptation to engage in [...]
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Food Anxiety and the Challenges of Attending Social Events

Food at social gathering and food addiction Eating disorders often go hand-in-hand with mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Research has found that approximately two-thirds of individuals with eating disorders suffered from an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives, with over forty percent developing an anxiety disorder during childhood and before the onset of the eating disorder [1]. Eating [...]
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Anxiety, Eating Disorders and Family Support, How to Help

Supporting a family member with anxiety Anxiety is no stranger to those who struggle with eating disorders. In fact, eating disorder sufferers are more likely to also have a mood disorder related to anxiety, such as social anxiety, general anxiety disorder, or phobias. Anxiety is often experienced as it relates to many different aspects of living. For someone who has an [...]
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When Social Anxiety Keeps Your Family Member from Interacting with Others

Woman sitting on a dock Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC, Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope Anxiety can take many different forms and can include anything from a specific phobia to generalized anxiety. Social anxiety is a type of anxiety disorder in which an individual fears interaction with other people that may incur feelings of inferiority, humiliation, [...]
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Supporting a Family Member Through Anxiety and an Eating Disorder

Family Group Sitting On Boat With Fishing Rod On Winter Beach Many individuals who struggle with an eating disorder may also be dealing with a co-occurring mental health illness, such as an anxiety disorder. Anxiety can come in many forms, including phobias of specific things or experiences, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder and more. Experiencing an anxiety disorder alongside an eating disorder often [...]
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Learning to Eat Without Emotions

Man eating a Lemon Contributed by:  Rev. Dr. Kevin T. Coughlin Ph.D., Editor in Chief, Addicted Minds & Associates There is an emotional element to all food addictions. Most who suffer from eating disorders cope with overwhelming emotions of depression, guilt, and shame. They feel that they are less than, not good enough, faulty, they don’t measure up, and are [...]
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Rumination Disorder: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

Young woman looking at her feet with frustration over eating disorder lapse. Contributed by: Colleen Watson, M.A., LPC, Eating Disorder Specialist, Timberline Knolls In the eating disorder sphere, anorexia and bulimia are far and away the most common and understood of the food-related diseases. A lesser known, yet still important illness, is that of rumination disorder. The essential feature of Rumination Disorder is the repeated regurgitation and [...]
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