What is a Co-Occurring Disorder?
Many of those who struggle with eating disorders have a co-occurring disorder. For example, a person seeking anorexia or bulimia treatment may also be living with a substance abuse disorder or anxiety. For the best chance of a full recovery, it’s important to address both the eating disorder and co-occurring disorder at the same time.
At Eating Disorder Solutions, we have extensive experience treating eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorders, as well as co-occurring disorders such as drug and alcohol addiction, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. What sets us apart from other treatment facilities that focus on specific disorders is that they sometimes fail to address both the eating disorder and co-occurring disorder. Our multidisciplinary team offers integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders and experience creating individualized plans that address the patient’s underlying needs. Learn more about our co-occurring disorders treatment plans and get in touch with our team for more information.
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Types of Co-Occurring Disorders We Treat
Eating Disorder Solutions provides comprehensive co-occurring disorders treatment plans for those dealing with an eating disorder and another underlying condition. We can help those who are struggling with alcohol addiction, drug addiction, depression, PTSD and trauma, self-harm, mood and anxiety disorders, borderline personality disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Oftentimes, these co-occurring disorders can spur an eating disorder and vice versa. In fact, many of our patients who seek treatment at our facility struggle with a co-occurring disorder.
Members of our multidisciplinary team collaborate closely to address the eating disorder and co-occurring disorders for the most well-rounded treatment possible. We are fully focused on helping each patient achieve full and lasting recovery with our co-occurring disorders treatment.
Co-Occurring Disorders with Mental Health
An eating disorder diagnosis can be challenging enough on its own, but many individuals have other mental health issues that accompany the eating disorder. A few of those co-occurring disorders include anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Sometimes, these other disorders may be a result of eating disorder behaviors, as binging, purging, and restricting can all cause psychological distress.
Anxiety disorders are the most common of mental disorders in the United States, affecting anyone at any age. Our body produces a natural response to everyday stressors, which can trigger anxiety and stress. If it starts to interfere with one’s daily life, it may be a sign of an anxiety disorder.
Depressive disorder can be spurred by a major life changing moment like a death in the family, losing a job or home, separation or divorce, or other difficult situation that can lead to feelings of sadness and loneliness. If these intense feels interfere with daily activities, it may be a sign of long lasting depression. Some co-occurring disorders symptoms and signs of depression are:
- Feelings of emptiness
- Irritability, anxiousness, and guilt
- Loss of interest and energy
- Suicidal thoughts
- Changes in appetite, whether it’s eating too much or too little
- Mood swings
- Panic attacks
- Sleep disturbances
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by an overwhelming and uncontrollable need to repeat behaviors and thoughts over and over. These behaviors are life-consuming and demanding. Some of the OCD disorders signs and symptoms include:
- Mental rituals
- Repeating rituals
- Compulsive cleaning
OCD disorder is the most common anxiety disorder to co-occur with an eating disorder. Those who have co-occurring disorders such as an eating disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder develop compulsive rituals connected to food. Unfortunately, when left untreated, this mental disorder can result in self-harm or suicide in very serious cases, which is why it is so important for co-occurring dual diagnosis and treatment.
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Diagnosis of Co-Occurring Disorders
Eating disorders and co-occurring disorders often reinforce each other. What may start as a coping mechanism can turn into a set of intertwined issues that are difficult to separate.
Treatment for an eating disorder can only succeed if all co-occurring disorders are identified and treated. If the co-occurring disorder is left undiagnosed and untreated, the patient may start to recover from the eating disorder, however, the co-occurring disorder can grow more prominently. This often leads to a relapse in the eating disorder and a set back in the recovery process. For this reason, it’s important to identify the co-occurring disorders symptoms from the start and make a co-occurring disorders dual diagnosis for the best chance of recovery.
Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders
Eating Disorder Solutions is a comprehensive co-occurring disorders treatment center in Texas. Our facility believes in integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders that address the eating disorders, co-occurring disorders, and overlapping factors of both.
For the best chance of recovery, it is important to address the underlying factors of the co-occurring disorders. We take a client-centered and evidence-based approach to treating eating disorders and co-occurring disorders at the same time.
Our patients enter co-occurring disorder treatment at the appropriate level of care that is required for their specific situation. After a full evaluation, doctors and medical staff can recommend a level of care that is unique to you or your loved one. As clients move along the continuum toward recovery, they can step-down to different levels of care based on their needs. Through every level of care, clients are guided by our compassionate team of medical professionals, psychiatrists, and nutritionists. Learn more about our eating disorder and co-occurring disorder treatment programs.
For those who are struggling with severe illness, malnourishment, and dehydration, as well as co-occurring disorders, our inpatient treatment program may be recommended. Our medical team will stabilize the patient and restore fluids upon arrival, while providing 24-hour medical supervision. After the client is stabilized, we will recommend a course of action that includes an integrated co-occurring disorders treatment plan.
Our outpatient co-occurrring eating disorder treatment program is our lowest level of care and includes one hour of therapy one or twice a week. We offer individual and group sessions to best meet the individual’s ongoing needs as we continue to strengthen the individual’s recovery efforts learned earlier in treatment. Our team can make recommendations based on the individual’s progress throughout the recovery process.
Providing 24-hour guidance and support, Eating Disorder Solutions is one of the few co-occurring disorders treatment centers in Texas that offers residential care for adults over 18. This program takes individuals out of their normal environments so they can strictly focus on recovery, self-growth, and healing. Our residential treatment for co-occurring disorders involves a daily schedule of one-on-one group therapy sessions and structured setting that promotes physical and psychological healing.
After residential treatment for co-occurring disorders, individuals can enroll in our intensive outpatient program. This includes co-occurring disorder treatment at our facility for four days of treatment each week and is designed to help those with co-occurring disorders navigate to the outside world. With our integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders and IOP, patients are able to focus on healthy living and prevent the recurrence of old eating habits and co-occurring disorders. For many, IOP is ideal for easing back into normal, everyday life.
The Impact of Co-Occurring Disorders if Left Untreated
Unfortunately, co-occurring disorders are often overlooked and untreated. This can cause myriads of health problems and complications, affecting the individual’s life quality and longevity. For one, if overlooked in diagnosis, these co-occurring disorders can easily lead back to relapse. Individuals often try to treat themselves through self-medication. This not only reverses any progress made but also increases their risk for other complications as well as addiction. Complications can include heart disease and heart failure, diabetes, suicidal tendencies, and more.
In general, co-occurring disorders often increase the severity of symptoms, making the disorder harder to control. If left untreated, co-occurring disorders can also harm your work, your productivity, and your relationships, creating increased feelings of depression, anxiety, and isolation.
To minimize risk and help ensure recovery, you should seek treatment for co-occurring disorders as soon as possible. The earlier a co-occurring disorder is recognized and diagnosed, the faster and more effective the treatment will be. At Eating Disorder Solutions, we provide personalized treatment for co-occurring disorders, creating an effective treatment plan that takes into account your individual concerns, needs, and comfortability.
Get Co-Occurring Disorder Help Today
Eating Disorder Solutions in Texas understands the complexities of eating disorders and how they are intertwined with co-occurring mental health disorders such as anxiety, depressive disorder, and OCD disorder. Along with providing a comfortable and supportive home for all adults and teens struggling with a co-occurring disorder, we take an individualized approach with every client, providing guidance throughout the process. In order for the best chance of recovery, it is vital to address the underlying co-occurring disorder, as well as the eating disorder, for a long-lasting treatment and recovery process.
Get in touch with our team today to enroll in our co-occurring disorder treatment program in Dallas, Texas or learn more about our approach to achieving lasting recovery.