Category: Co-occurring

Eating Disorders and Addiction Are a Common — and Dangerous — Combination

model Contributor: Staff at Sierra Tucson On their own, addiction and eating disorders can cause serious emotional, social, and physical problems. Nearly 20 million Americans age 12 and older battled a substance use disorder in 2017, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) [1]. Eating disorders, meanwhile, will affect 9% of the [...]
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Russell Brand’s Battle with an Eating Disorder

Russell Brand Russell Brand has talked openly about his mental health struggles, including his struggle with bulimia [1]. It can be helpful for celebrities to talk about their struggles with mental health because it brings awareness to conditions that are often kept secret. While several celebrities have been more open about having an eating disorder or negative [...]
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Alcohol and Eating Disorder Recovery Considerations

Woman contemplating her eating disorder self A wealth of research and studies reveal alcohol use and eating disorders (ED) often co-occur (many times to an abusive degree), and both may share common risk factors/motivators [1]. Because of this connection, it is crucial to carefully consider whether alcohol consumption is wise during eating disorder recovery. If you are in eating disorder recovery, [...]
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Depression, Eating Disorders & Therapy

Woman thinks about Effective Anorexia Treatment Research shows that individuals with eating disorders (EDs) are often diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder. One of the most common disorders co-occurring with EDs is depression. Though there are many different therapies to treat depression and eating disorders, one specific type of therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, has seen great success in treating individuals with both an [...]
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New Study Reveals Insight on Autistic Social Traits & Eating Disorders

Nature Road Through Redwood National Park A recent study suggests that 20 to 30% of adults diagnosed with eating disorders are also diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), “a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication [1] [2].” While this connection has been established for some time, as with many co-occurring disorders, [...]
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Understanding the Connection Between Depression and Eating Disorders

Woman struggling with eating disorder during COVID-19 Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center The hopelessness that comes with depression can make living with an eating disorder quite challenging. But when you lessen the depressive symptoms you are struggling with, you are much more likely to start experiencing success in your struggle with depression and eating disorders. Connecting Depression and Eating [...]
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What You Need to Know About ADHD & Eating Disorders

Woman after having found meaning in her life Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is among the many conditions that can co-occur with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. Each condition can be difficult to manage on its own, but when a woman or young girl is struggling with both, she may find it challenging [...]
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Eating Disorders & Substance Use Disorder

Nature Path in Woods into Sunlight Eating disorders (ED) and substance use disorders (SUD) often co-occur. It is extremely important for those suffering from both ED and SUD, to receive specialized treatment that addresses both issues. What is Substance Use Disorder? Substance use disorder (also called substance abuse disorder) occurs when a person is unable to control the use of a [...]
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Eating Disorder Treatment for Neurodiverse Patients

Lady sitting on a beach Contributor: Jessica Steinbach MPH, RD at Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center Co-occurring disorders are often addressed in eating disorder treatment at every level. Dietitians, therapists, and other members of the treatment teamwork to recognize how the complexity of each individual case plays into eating disorder behaviors and the presence of disordered eating. Some co-occurring disorders [...]
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