Some of the Wainwright Molina 2020 Official T-Shirt Apart from…,I will love this biggest issues people with eating disorders are facing are a lack of structure to their days and a lack of social support,” Buliks tells me. “And 68% of respondents screened positive for generalized anxiety disorder on top of their eating disorder. Even those individuals who were recovered are concerned that pandemic will lead to relapse. All of that lines up with my experience these last few months. Eating disorders thrive on isolation, and in the absence of regular, real-life social support from friends and family and consistent therapy sessions and doctor and nutritionist appointments, people with EDs are at risk for real, significant, potentially lethal repercussions. These research findings reinforce what we’ve seen since the pandemic began,” says Claire Mysko, CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). “The stressors associated with social distancing and isolation have exacerbated eating disorders behaviors in those with histories of eating disorders.”
Eating disorders have one of the Wainwright Molina 2020 Official T-Shirt Apart from…,I will love this highest mortality rates of any mental illness. (Until very recently, anorexia had the highest mortality rate.) They’re slippery diagnoses that can be tricky to spot and tougher to treat. You can’t tell if someone has an eating disorder by assessing their weight, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. The disorders have chameleonlike capabilities that make them conveniently concealable, and in a time of necessary seclusion, the 30-million-plus people (in the United States alone) who deal with them are in unprecedented trouble. The unfortunate addendum is that according to Bulik’s new research, online therapy isn’t working for many people. “There are limits to telehealth for people with eating disorders,” she says. “Accountability is something—being in a room with someone somehow keeps you more accountable than talking to them on Zoom. You can hide things on Zoom. But when you are face-to-face in the room with your therapist, it’s a different story.