It is very common for a person with an eating disorder or psychiatric disorder to have other medical and mental health problems. It is important that these problems be identified and treated concurrently because if patient care only focuses on one disorder and fails to deal with the issues that led to the disorder, one disorder may worsen as the other improves or the patient may develop another disorder.
For example, patients with eating disorders often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or depression. Some have obsessive compulsive disorder or practice self-harming behavior, such as cutting or burning themselves. Drug or alcohol addiction is also common among those with other disorders.
When patients are admitted, the treatment team meets to develop and implement a multidisciplinary treatment plan that is frequently reviewed and revised according to the patient’s response to treatment. This integrated model of care is necessary to successfully treat co-occurring disorders.