Are Eating Disorders Assisted by Depression?
As a fragile young girl entered the hospital, several people stop to stare at her
fragile body. As the physicians examine her, they begin to realize she hasn't eaten in
days. Several physicians begin to ask her questions concerning her eating behaviors. All
she her behavior during the exam they noticed how depressed the girl seemed to be.
When the exam was over the girl was immediately admitted to the psychiatric unit of the
hospital, for treatment on Anorexia.
Depression is a psychiatric illness that can affect individuals in several different
ways. Eating disorders are commonly found in people that struggle with depression.
Most have to under go several years of extensive therapy to conquer the illness. And
unfortunately after all the therapy some times they never get cured. Depression is a
serious state of mind that can lead to multiple eating disorders.
Depression can lead to an eating disorder called Bulimia. Bulimia is an eating
condition where an individual eats what they want but then vomits it back out. This
disorder is usually done when an individual feels fat but cannot over become their bad
eating habits. Bulimia is commonly found in most young adults today. " Most bulimics
are females in their teens or early twenty's" (Tran 2). But, unfortunately most parents
don't realize that their child has this disorder until it is out of control. " Because bulimia
results from an excessive concern with weight control and self-image, and is often
accompanied by depression, it also considered a psychiatric illness" (1). Although, there
are a wide variety of psychological evaluations that can help detect and resolve the
situation. The young adult could still struggle with the return of the disease in
the future. And may need to seek psychological help off and on through their lifetime.
Another common eating disorder called Anorexia is unlike Bulimia. Depression
can also lead up to this disorder too. Anorexia is an eating condition where the individual
doesn't eat at all. This is usually done when the individual is noticing their self as being
fat. Even though they starve their self, each time they look in the mirror they feel they
are still to heavy. There are a wide variety of individuals who may have this disorder.
" Over 90% of patients diagnosed with the disorder as of 1998 are females" (Frey 2).
But, not all of them are young adults. This disorder can even affect an individual later in
life as they age. " The peak age range for onset of the disorder is 14-18 years, although
there are patients who develop anorexia as late as their forty's" (3). And when the
individual is closely related to a sick person they to can become associated with the
disease. "Women who biological mothers or sisters have the disorder appeared to be
increased risk" (1). And females are not the only individuals that are affected by this
disorder. Some males feel that their weight may be excessive to. " Moreover,
homosexual males are under pressure to conform to an ideal body weight that is about 20
pounds lighter than the standard "attractive" weight for heterosexual males" (2). So
although females carry a majority lead in this disease, it also affects some males too.
There are several psychological treatments that can be done for this disorder.
" Psychotherapy with anorexics is a slow and difficult process; about 50% of patients
continue to have serious psychiatric problems after their weight has stabilized" (2).
This disorder continues to be a battle for most individuals even after treatment. Most
individuals who do recover seem to gain weight after under going treatments. " Figures
for long term recovery vary from study to study,...