Fairwinds Treatment Center has helped countless people recover from the deadly threat of eating disorders, so we know firsthand just how dangerous they can be. We recently discussed on this blog how those struggling with addiction may be at increased risk of suicide, and a recent study shows that the same is true of eating disorder sufferers. The study, published in the Journal of Eating Disorders, examined recent literature related to self-harming behavior among those with eating disorders and found a strong and consistent link. In fact, suicide is the most common cause of death among such subjects.
A recent article in the British newspaper The Daily Mail highlights the tragic story of 23-year-old Alana Goldsmith, who killed herself after struggling with anorexia for about eight years.
"Alana was a fun-loving, vivacious and intelligent young woman until anorexia nervosa starved her brain and destroyed her hopes and dreams," Alana's sister, Simone Goldsmith, told the press. "This silent killer is a highly complex mental illness … We hope that the findings handed down today bring about meaningful discussions … that result in more resources and better care."
Simone is absolutely correct in saying that those struggling with anorexia are fighting a potentially deadly mental illness. Too many people think of eating disorders as food problems, when in fact they are often triggered or at the very least worsened by undiagnosed psychological problems, such as obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, anxiety and depression. That's why Fairwinds Treatment Center's globally renowned eating disorder specialist, Dr. Pauline Powers, employs a unique dual diagnosis methodology, combining clinical treatment and intensive therapeutic counseling to promote lasting recovery. If you or your loved one is suffering from anorexia, bulimia, compulsive overeating or another disorder, there is no better place to find healing.