September 12, 2012
At Rader Programs we understand that eating disorders are complicated mental conditions that are often accompanied by other mental health disorders. Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and compulsive overeating disorder often present with other psychiatric conditions. Co-occurring mental health conditions may be psychologically intertwined. For this reason, at Rader Programs we treat all associated mental health conditions as part of an individual’s eating disorders treatment.
Some common conditions that are diagnosed with eating disorders include:
Anxiety and Depression: Eating disorder behaviors like restricting food intake, bingeing and purging can offer short-term relief to those who are suffering with depression and anxiety disorders. Depression and anxiety can either predate the development of eating disorders or can occur following bouts with eating disorders. An individual’s anxiety or depression can correlate with the development of their eating disorder. At Rader Programs we attempt to get to the root of the psychological triggers of patients’ eating disorders and find a way to offer long-term relief to our patients.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): Patients with eating disorders often engage in exercise- or food-related rituals that closely mirror the symptoms of OCD. It is quite common for individuals struggling with OCD to engage in eating disordered behavior.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Following a tragic or traumatizing incident, patients often experience an escalating sense that their lives are beyond their control. After these events individuals may turn to binge eating as a means of comfort or engage in anorexic behavior in an attempt to exercise control over their lives.
Substance Abuse: In addition to dealing with multiple mental health diagnoses, many eating disorder patients abuse substances as either a means to lose weight or as a means of coping with the mental pain associated with their eating disorders. Patients commonly abuse substances like alcohol, diet pills, insulin, laxatives, as well as narcotics. We therefore are experienced with treating patients with histories of substance abuse.
Unless individuals with eating disorders receive help for their co-existing conditions, it can be difficult to experience lasting recovery. That’s why Rader Programs takes a complete view of our patients’ mental health. By getting to the bottom of our patient’s psychological conditions and by helping our patients struggling with substance abuse, we have seen life-changing results.