Tag Archives: Co-Occurring Disorders

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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What Coping Tools Work for My Eating Disorder and Anxiety?

Woman throwing leaves to Focus on Life Coping skills are helpful in the recovery process. When someone with anorexia nervosa has a comorbid diagnosis of anxiety, often the phrase ‘coping skills’ can seem unhelpful. While working with your therapist, it is important to remember that how you cope with your symptoms can determine the rate of your progress while in treatment. Coping [...]
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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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Identifying Co-Occurring Depression in Teens with EDs

Teen with an eating disorder on a trail Adolescents experiencing an eating disorder (ED) are often diagnosed with co-occurring mood disorders, particularly depression. In fact, research estimates that 23-48% of adolescents with an ED have comorbid depression [1]. Additionally, approximately 11% of adolescents with anorexia nervosa (AN), and 50% with bulimia nervosa (BN) will experience depressive symptoms in conjunction with their ED symptoms. [...]
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Can My ED Recovery Coach Help with Co-Occurring Depression?

Woman smelling a flower and using Mindfulness in Eating Disorder Recovery Depression stems from various factors. Social, biological, emotional, and economic factors can play a role in the development of depression within an individual. It can be both physically and mentally exhausting when a person is struggling with the symptoms of depression, and even more so when an there is a co-occurring eating disorder. 33-50% of [...]
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BED and Depression: The Dangers of Self-Medicating with Food

College girl smiling into the camera Depression commonly occurs alongside those struggling with Binge Eating Disorder (BED) and the combination of the two can have long-standing consequences. Researchers and clinicians have explored the relationship between both disorders, looking at causality, directionality, and symptomology, and have found that binge eating often develops as an avoidant coping mechanism that distracts from feelings of [...]
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Eating Disorders or Food Phobias: Complexities and Overlaps

Woman in hat working the eating disorder recovery process Eating disorders and food phobias are different in nature and typically are different in treatment modalities. Both can involve having foods that are avoided and restrictive food intake. Eating Disorders Quickly Explained Eating Disorders are typically concerned with weight, body size, and shape coupled with a fear of gaining weight or becoming fat. Food phobias [...]
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