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Remuda Ranch Reports Many Individuals With Eating Disorders Are Not Getting Help They Need
Date:10/30/2008

As Economy Suffers, So Do Many with Eating Disorders

PHOENIX, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- As the current economy crisis deepens, many individuals with eating disorders are worried about treatment and not seeking the help they desperately require.

"The danger of not seeking help for an eating disorder can be very serious because they can cause many medical complications, even death," said David Wall, PhD, director of psychological services at Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating and Anxiety Disorders (http://www.remudaranch.com). "Eating disorders often take a turn for the worse due to increased personal and family stress. As eating disorders intensify, they become more difficult to treat."

It's clearly understandable that individuals and their families are reluctant to seek treatment in times like these, but the delay in treatment often makes things worse as the eating disorder may slip into a more severe state.

Stress typically doesn't cause an eating disorder, but stress makes the disorder much worse. Often people with eating disorders use their disorder as their primary means of coping with stress. The stress causes the eating disorder to intensify and as the eating disorder intensifies, it creates more stress for the individual, in something of a vicious cycle where the person's health can spiral rapidly downward.

The family, often the primary system of support for the eating disorder patient, is also experiencing the stress and uncertainty of the current economy and becomes less capable of providing support as their emotional energy and resources are already stretched. This can further worsen the eating disorders, since individuals with eating disorders are often very sensitive to stress in the family and blame themselves for problems that are occurring.

"An eating disorder is often a way for the individual to avoid other problems in his or her life," adds Wall. "The
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