...is a page like this:
Why Schizophrenia Patients Are Difficult to Treat
It explains the issues in a clear, non-blaming, but easy-to-understand format. For many of these (with the potential exception of homelessness as a major issue for many ED patients), replace "schizophrenia" with "eating disorder" and you are probably pretty correct.
Certainly some things I would include:
Chronic ED sufferers often lack social supports that improve the likelihood of recovery.
An ED sufferer often lacks insight into the seriousness of their condition, which makes it difficult to engage in treatment.
EDs can be egosyntonic, which means that the person likes having their disorder. It's hard to work on getting rid of something you like.
Addictions and other co-morbid conditions can complicate ED treatment.
Our culture often praises ED symptoms and normalizes food and weight obsessions.
Insurance and/or national health systems don't provide adequate care.
Now it's your turn: is there anything else that you think makes ED treatment difficult? Share your thoughts in the comments section!
...is a page like this:
- binge eating disorder
- biology of EDs
- body image
- disordered eating
- eating disorder
- Grand Theory of Eating Disorders
- narrating anorexia
- normal eating
- obesity hysteria
- weight gain
- weight loss
- Carrie Arnold
- I'm a science writer, a jewelry design artist, a bookworm, a complete geek, and mom to a wonderful kitty. I am also recovering from a decade-plus battle with anorexia nervosa. I believe that complete recovery is possible, and that the first step along that path is full nutrition.
Drop me a line!
nour·ish: (v); to sustain with food or nutriment; supply with what is necessary for life, health, and growth; to cherish, foster, keep alive; to strengthen, build up, or promote
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