At Carolina House, clients often come to us struggling with both eating disorders and additional mental health disorders that are known as co-occurring disorders. We understand the added pain and complexity that can come with co-occurring disorders and we have developed specialized treatment programs designed to help clients find relief from their symptoms. We aim to provide the best possible care for our clients, and we employ holistic interventions that treat the entire person, not just a set of symptoms. We are committed to giving our clients the best possible chance for recovery, and so we have integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders throughout our programming at all levels of care.
Individuals may not always realize they are struggling with co-occurring disorders. Depression or anxiety, for example, may weave itself so tightly into a person’s daily life that he or she is not even aware of its presence. Although people may be aware that they are struggling with eating disorders, they may not know that the numbness, shame, or guilt of depression that can drive them to food for comfort are symptoms of a depressive disorder. Perhaps they feel the safe and calming anxiety relief that comes from eating but do not recognize their symptoms as an anxiety disorder. Regardless of the origin of the co-occurring disorder, fighting against both an eating disorder and a co-occurring disorder can be a painful and frustrating experience.
Some people battle multiple mental health diagnoses at the same time. Some common co-occurring disorders among clients at Carolina House include:
- Depressive disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Substance use disorders
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Trauma-related concerns
Every one of our clients works with his or her treatment team to develop a thorough and comprehensive treatment plan that is individualized to meet his or her needs. We work closely with our clients to fully assess their symptoms and create a plan to help them live lives that are full of potential and free of unhealthy eating habits.
There is no need to battle alone. If you or someone you know is fighting a two-front war against both an eating disorder and a co-occurring mental health condition, know that there is help available to you. For more information about Carolina House and our programs for those with co-occurring mental health disorders, contact us at any time. Today can be the day you take your first step towards long-term recovery.