Co-Occurring Disorders

BDD and Co-Occurring Conditions: More Than Dysmorphia

It is not uncommon to struggle with appearance. Many stand in front of the mirror or look at a picture of themselves only to point out all the minor flaws they’d like to change. It may cause some discomfort or unease, but it doesn’t affect their ability to live a normal life. Most brush it …

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Eating Disorders and Alcohol Use

Exploring the Connection Between Eating Disorders and Alcohol Use The relationship between eating disorders and alcohol use continues to increase throughout our society. Often, alcohol abuse is utilized as an unhealthy response to regulate emotions and cope with stressors, much like eating disorders. Unfortunately, research continues to show that women who suffer from Anorexia tend …

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Eating Disorders and Co-Occurring Substance Abuse: What’s the Connection?

Although not common knowledge, eating disorders often co-occur with substance abuse. Studies suggest that 50% of those suffering from an eating disorder are also abusing substances, a rate five times greater than that of the general population. Other research shows that 30%-50% of all people suffering with bulimia have a co-occurring substance us disorder, while …

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Self Harm

Why Do People Self Harm?

Although many people can understand anxiety or depression, many find someone causing intentional harm to themselves confusing. Because self-harm often appears traumatic and violent, it could look like an attempt at suicide. Individuals with an eating disorder may restrict, binge, purge, or over exercise, but self-harm is equally as damaging. Self-harm can be scary for …

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Common Signs of Exercise Addiction

It’s clear that regular exercise has many mental and physical health benefits. Studies show that it reduces the risk of certain health problems and improves mood and self-esteem. However, is it possible to exercise too much? Is exercise addiction a real issue? Exercise Addiction Overview Believe it or not, compulsive exercise is a behavioral disorder …

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How Magnolia Creek Made a Difference in Mary’s Life

Mary was 17 years old when her eating disorder began; it consumed her life, as is this case with so many women who suffer. Due to the stigma often surrounding eating disorders and the confusion surrounding the symptoms, many women do not seek treatment. However, Mary was different. She had tried to heal herself for …

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