Many men and women who are suffering with an eating disorder have unique needs and concerns. These can vary according to age, environmental and social factors, and other medical concerns.
Examples of Special Treatment Issues that may be involved with anorexia, bulimia, or other eating disorders include the following topics around which Eating Disorder Hope has compiled specific information (click on the links to go to the full page):
- Adolescent / Teen / Childhood Eating Disorders: As an adolescent, teen or child, treatment prognosis may be improved dramatically if the disorder is caught early. Many factors can also be helpful during the recovery process, such as a comprehensive treatment team and family involvement.
- Families and Eating Disorders: If a loved one in your family has recently been diagnosed with an eating disorder, the implications of this can be overwhelming for your family. There are several ways your family can learn to support your loved one and be a positive aspect of their recovery.
- Effects of Eating Disorders during Pregnancy: In a time that is often associated with a widespread of emotions, pregnancy can be a difficult time for a woman who is struggling with an eating disorder. There are many ways to help establish a healthy pregnancy and outcome for both mother and baby.
- Weight Loss Surgery and Eating Disorders: Often viewed as a fix for many problems correlated with obesity, there is more involved with these procedures than just a simple surgery. Taking appropriate steps helps deal with the root cause of obesity or an eating disorder.
- Diabetes and Eating Disorders: Having diabetes means needing to follow a strict regimen to reduce health risks. If insulin is being manipulated in conjunction with an eating disorder, severe consequences can ensue.
- Athletes and Eating Disorders: Athletes can present with various characteristics that overlap eating disorder behavior. Coaches, parents, and trainers can all benefit from understanding early warning signs for eating disorder prevention.
- Middle-aged Women & Men with Eating Disorders: Because of the unique challenges that men and women face in middle-age, it is common that an eating disorder can develop. Learning risk factors can be an important aspect of treatment and prevention.
- Compulsive Spending and Eating Disorders: Having similar traits to eating disordered behavior, compulsive spending is often correlated with eating disorders. It is crucial to understand how these addictions can be co-occurring.
- Medical Complications from Eating Disorders: Because of the severity of eating disorders, physical consequences often result. It is important to understand what these signs may be, especially if you are concerned for a loved one who is suffering with an eating disorder.
- Seasonal Affective Disorder as a Co-Occurring issue with Eating Disorders: SAD has a multi-faceted, and still somewhat unexplored, relationship with eating disorders. Sixty to 90 percent of those with SAD are women with an average onset at age 20 — a population also very prone to eating disorders.
- Males and Eating Disorders: Eating Disorders are not unique to females. Males also struggle with eating disorders and face unique needs and challenges.
- Paying for Treatment: While treatment may be warranted and desired, it can be difficult to understand how to fund it. Learning your options will be helpful in being able to pay for treatment.
- Choosing a Treatment Center: With the overwhelming amount of treatment options available, it is key to know what to look for and questions to ask when making your decision about your treatment choice.