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Trauma and Eating Disorders

According to the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), trauma has been considered to be a significant risk factor for developing a wide variety of different psychiatric disorders, and this includes the development of eating disorders, including bulimia nervosa symptoms, such as binge-eating disorder.

It is truly not uncommon to develop an eating disorder or symptoms of eating disorders, as a result of severe stress or trauma, even just a short-term trauma or PTSD. PTSD and eating disorders, then, can go hand in hand, because the treatment-seeking individual is going through a significant amount of stress in their life, and as a result of that stress, they are trying to gain control over something in their life that they feel they might be able to gain control over.

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Stress Is Part of Life

Although stress is a part of life that nobody can avoid, there are times where the amount of stress in one’s life simply becomes too overwhelming, and then it overpowers a person’s coping ability and coping mechanisms. We all have coping mechanisms, the things that we turn to that allow us to deal with stress, such as talking to friends, doing yoga, writing in a journal or going for a bike ride. At Clementine, we explore these strategies for coping gently and compassionately.

Ultimately, when the stress level overpowers these coping mechanisms, the result is disease, distress and eventual dysfunction, which is where emotional problems, physical problems, and trauma arise. Emotional abuse eating disorders are common when the emotional abuse is pervasive and long-term, but there is a relationship between virtually any type of abuse and eating disorders.

There are treatment solutions available for anyone who is exhibiting an eating disorder or related symptoms who believes that there is stress, trauma or abuse in their past that may be contributing to the disordered eating, but the key is going to be to overcome the stressor in order to treat the eating disorder symptoms.

“You must believe that something better is on the other side or you’ll never cross the bridge.”  – 100 Questions & Answers about Eating Disorders

There are trauma and eating disorder treatment options for treatment-seeking individuals who are looking to overcome not only the eating disorder challenges they are facing, but also the underlying causes for the challenges that they are currently facing such as abuse and eating disorders. When there is a connection between food issues or eating issues and a past trauma such or PTSD and anorexia nervosa, it becomes important to work on not only the eating challenges but also what led to them in order to ensure a full recovery.

Personalized High Levels of Care

Clementine offers the highest level of medical and psychiatric care outside of a hospital when helping treatment-seeking individuals overcome the challenges of PTSD and anorexia nervosa or other eating disorders that they are facing, in a comfortable and homelike setting. This is what makes the Clementine advantage one that is well worth pursuing.

When enrolled in a treatment program due to a relationship between PTSD and eating disorders, or eating disorders and abuse in the past, Clementine has something distinctly beneficial to offer its participants. Each treatment-seeking individual will be able to take advantage of a high-quality, extensively validated treatment program that treats both sides of emotional abuse eating disorders, the underlying or root cause, and the food and eating issues themselves. If you do not treat the underlying, root cause of something like PTSD and food addiction, then you may end up with a reoccurring issue.

Treating the underlying cause is vitally important in making sure that the challenges with eating do not continue to occur in the future, and that the treatment lessons learned continue to stick. The multi-faceted approach to trauma and eating disorder treatment at Clementine is second to none and will offer a complete solution to the challenges that patients are facing when presenting with symptoms of an eating disorder that appears to be rooted in stress, trauma, PTSD or a related cause from the past. We offer comprehensive academic and family support to those enrolled in our treatment program.  


Find out more about our unique approach to eating disorder treatment and recovery.

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