What are co-occuring conditions?
Research suggests that at least two-thirds of individuals diagnosed with an eating disorder also meet diagnostic criteria for at least one other psychiatric diagnosis. The most common of these are anxiety disorders particularly OCD and social anxiety disorder, mood disorders such as major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance use disorders, self-harm and suicide ideation.
It is important to identify and address any co-occuring concerns early on in treatment and concurrently with an eating disorder since they are almost always related to the development and maintenance of one another. Our eating disorder treatment team have extensive experience in treating all of these conditions. If additional team members are needed, SCS has multiple providers that may be appropriate for your team.
For an individual or a family that is new to treatment, it may feel safer or less life-altering to just focus on treating one issue at a time. However, coming to terms with the complexity and depth of issues involved not only strengthens recovery long term, but also decreases chronicity over one’s lifetime.