Category: Co-occurring

Hope in Eating Disorder Treatment: How Treating Co-Occurring Disorders Helps Patients With Recovery

Middle-aged woman stressing over her eating disorder Alvin Semrad, MD, a famous psychoanalyst, would speak about how important it is for patients to “know what they are up against.” This is especially important in the care and treatment of patients with eating disorders. When patients are treated for anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, the eating disorder is often the tip of the iceberg, [...]
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Eating Disorders and Diabetes: What We Need to Know

Asian American Woman struggling with Eating Disorders and Diabetes Eating disorders do not exist in a vacuum. In fact, they commonly co-occur with many other mental and physical illnesses. One of these that causes great concern is diabetes, a disease that is chronic, lifelong, and where an individual’s diet is a primary focus of treatment. Eating Disorders and Diabetes can commonly co-occur especially since [...]
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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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Bulimia & Addiction: Underlying Common Co-Occurring Disorders

Woman sitting on a beach Bargaining in Eating Disorder Recovery Bulimia and addiction share common characteristics. Both are mental health disorders, and both affect brain function, physical body functions, and emotional health. Research suggests that approximately 50% of people who have an eating disorder are also abusing substances [1]. Eating disorders and addictions affect men and women and have a detrimental impact on a person’s [...]
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Eating Disorder Recovery Dealing with Self Harm and Shame

Woman dealing with eating disorder recovery and shame Self-harm and shame tend to go hand-in-hand for many individuals who also have an eating disorder. Self-injury can be described as hurting oneself on purpose and deliberately. Individuals self-harm for various reasons, but often to reduce emotional pain of a past or current trauma, unwanted negative thoughts that are common with an underlying mental illness [...]
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How Often do Eating Disorders & Addiction Co-Occur in Teens?

teenager relapsing into Bulimia and standing on a hill Eating disorders and addictions tend to be commonly associated. In addition to addictive behaviors, compulsive eating patterns have been associated with high-risk substance abuse [1]. Some sufferers turn to alcohol and substances to manage and cope with overwhelming thoughts and emotions. According to the Eating Disorders Coalition, over 90% of those suffering from an eating [...]
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Personal Treatment and Addressing Co-Occurring Disorders

Woman working on Long-Lasting Recovery from Anorexia No matter how much information is generated on eating disorders and co-occurring disorders, there will never be a one-size-fits-all treatment for the disorders. Researchers and clinicians can share those approaches and tools that work most of the time, but, just as every person is different, so are their disorders and the treatments that will help [...]
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