Eating Disorders and Depression

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People who suffer from eating disorders often simultaneously experience other mental health problems, such as addiction to alcohol or drugs, or self-harming behaviours. When this happens it is known as dual diagnosis.

Eating Disorders and Depression

Why Are People Suffering From an Eating Disorder More Likely to Experience Depression?

People suffering from eating disorders are prone to developing depression because of the many negative emotions they experience as part of their illness. These feelings can include those of isolation, shame and hopelessness. Those with eating disorders may also turn to alcohol and drugs as a coping strategy to manage their symptoms.

The physiological changes that occur as a result of eating disorders can have a mood altering effect that contributes to depression. Conversely, the individual may have suffered from depression before they developed an eating disorder.

What Treatment Can Help for Depression and Eating Disorders?

A dual diagnosis of depression and an eating disorder is generally treated with psychosocial therapies as well as a medical intervention. Patients may engage with talking therapies, art therapy, and family and individual therapies, in addition to being prescribed anti-anxiety and antidepressant medication. Recovery can also be aided by support from family and friends.

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We thoroughly assess each patient in order to build a comprehensive, personalised treatment plan.

Self-Harm and Anorexia

Are People With Anorexia More Likely to Self-Harm?

People suffering from anorexia often experience overwhelming emotional pain that can lead them to engage in self-harming behaviour as an unhealthy coping mechanism. This behaviour may give them temporary relief from intensely negative feelings. However, this is not true of all people suffering from an eating disorder.

The Emotional Consequences of Eating Disorders

In What Ways Can an Eating Disorder Affect an Individual?

Eating disorders can cause the sufferer to experience intense emotional and psychological distress. They can also have devastating and potentially irreversible effects on the patient’s physical health.

How Are Loved Ones Affected by an Individual’s Anorexia?

Family members of an individual with anorexia often suffer a great deal. They may find it difficult to understand the disorder and struggle to see why their loved one is choosing to harm themselves in this way. Local GPs and mental health workers will be able to direct sufferers and their family members to the appropriate healthcare services and support.  

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  • How to Access Rehab With Health Insurance

    For those experiencing existing mental health conditions in Ireland, there are private medical insurers who can help you cover treatment. As addiction experts, we know that receiving the appropriate care and support when you have a mental health disorder is pivotal to attaining long-lasting recovery. Below, we will go through the various health insurance options to help you understand your options when it comes to seeking private residential care for substance abuse. Please note that there is no guarantee that you can be covered for all addiction problems as policies are always assessed on a case-by-case basis. Find Out More

  • My Loved One Doesn’t Want Help, What Do I Do?

    You can’t force someone to go to rehab. At the end of the day, it needs to be their decision because they are the ones that need to be open to turning their lives around. There are ways in which you can encourage someone to enter treatment, one of these ways is via an intervention with a trained interventionist, who facilitates an honest discussion between family members and the addict. This is something Smarmore Castle can arrange – contact us today.

  • Which Drugs Does Smarmore Castle Detox From?

    We can detox people from any drugs whether they are illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, ketamine; or prescription drugs such as benzodiazepines or zopiclone, oxycodone, zolpidem, klonopin, methadone, cannabis; and legal drugs such as alcohol.

  • How Long Is the Treatment Programme?

    Our treatment programme starts at 4 weeks and is flexible in length, giving you the opportunity to extend for a longer period if you need it.

  • Do You Treat Dual Diagnosis?

    All patients are reviewed by a consultant psychiatrist in the first week and we can diagnose and provide treatment for a number of co-occurring mental health conditions.

  • Do I Need to Be Abstinent Before Admission?

    Our medically managed detoxification with 24/7 medical cover means that we can perform complete and complex detoxes at Smarmore Castle. You don’t need to be abstinent before arrival.

  • How Do I Get To Rehab Safely?

    Smarmore Castle is one hour north of Dublin international airport, please speak to our advisors if you require collection from an airport.

    We can also arrange a ‘sober transport’ service with a trusted driver, from anywhere in Ireland or Northern Ireland, at an additional cost.

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