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Relations of Cutting and Eating Disorders

by | Conditions and Disorders, Eating disorders, Treatment

Home Conditions and Disorders Relations of Cutting and Eating Disorders

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A new study founded by a treatment center in Arizona states that self-injury, or also known as cutting, is being found commonly by those suffering from an eating disorder. Remuda Ranch, the treatment center that is currently studying the relationship between cutting and eating disorders, has many doctors and counselors that are looking deep into this issue.
“Approximately 40 to 50 percent of our patients have either reported a history of self-injury or are presently engaging in these behaviors,” said Dena Cabrera, PsyD, psychologist and national speaker at Remuda Ranch. “This number seems to be consistent for the past five years. Studies have shown that adolescents engaging in self-injury behavior were more likely to have an eating disorder.”
With that being said, it is safe to say that cutting is another alternative to deal with the pain and suffering from the eating disorder. Young woman are taking the toll on cutting. They are either dealing with trying to find out who they really are or facing problems that are challenging in their life. In order to show others how they are suffering , women often result to extreme measures such as cutting or injuring themselves just to get the attention across.
Based on studies and patient direct reports, Dr. Dena Cabrera lists some reasons why patients feel the need to injure themselves.
– Alteration: Altering ones body so that it is unattractive and possibly scare others.
-Stimulation: Using self-injury as a self-grounding technique.
-Relaxation: A pleasure response to the warmth of the blood and to the physical sensation punishment.
– Distraction: Having suicidal thoughts so one can distract ones mind away from the real issue.
-Social Attention: Showing off ones own strength to others and hopefully achieving protection through the response of others
Thank you Remuda Ranch for slowly but surely putting together these important studies. To the rest of the world, or one suffering from this powerful disorder, treatment is available and is growing by the day.