OCD and Eating Disorders

OCD and Eating DisordersObsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and eating disorders are typically two distinct mental health concerns. Unfortunately, sometimes the two disorders co-occur, which means that an individual struggles with both obsessive compulsive disorder and eating concerns. By treating the OCD and eating disorder simultaneously, there is a much higher likelihood of sustainable recovery for the individual.

The Connection between Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Eating Disorders

Both obsessive compulsive disorder and eating disorders are formed around anxiety. In many cases, the behaviors displayed in those who have eating disorders are very similar in nature to OCD behaviors. Some of these behaviors include the following:

  • Obsessive thoughts about eating, food and calories being consumed
  • Rituals surrounding food and eating, which could include food being systematically cut and moved around on the plate
  • Hoarding of food for later consuming in secret
  • Obsessive eating patterns that could result in anxiety if not followed to the letter each day

Obsessive compulsive disorder and eating disorders are often linked through anxiety, the individual’s desire to seek out physical perfection or a desire for control over just one aspect of life in a world that otherwise seems tumultuous.

Treating OCD and Eating Disorders

Since OCD and obsessive eating patterns can be considered both compulsive and obsessive, it is vital that both the anxiety stemming from the OCD and the eating disorder are treated at the same time. Very often both disorders share an underlying issue that has led to unresolved inner conflict. Without treatment and resolution of the underlying issue, the behaviors from both the obsessive compulsive disorder and eating disorder will not simply go away on their own.

In an eating disorder help facility, a medical team can work together to address the recovery needs resulting from both the OCD and the eating disorder. Medications, individualized therapeutic solutions and various treatments to address nutritional deficiencies will all help to heal the body and mind.

Drug Abuse and Obsessive Eating Patterns

Another concern to be aware of is that obsessive compulsive disorder and eating disorders can produce extreme levels of anxiety that can also lead to the abuse of laxatives and stimulants in an effort to reduce caloric absorption and increase the number of calories burned. By treating the compulsive behaviors that relate to abusing stimulants and laxatives, the treatment plan is likely to see better success. There are serious and long-lasting consequences that could arise from continued abuse of laxatives and stimulants. Through an individualized eating disorder help program, individuals will be able to free themselves from obsessive eating patterns and the anxiety that has for so long been their constant companion.

Finding Help for OCD and Eating Disorders

To find a treatment facility that will work to address all of your needs, please call our toll-free helpline. Calls are answered 24 hours a day by qualified and knowledgeable counselors. Our counselors can help connect you with the eating disorder help center that can get you on the path to a healthy body, a healthy mindset and a happy future.