Self Harm and eating disorders – interaction and information to consider when parenting a child with either or both, an interview with Angela Wurtzel, MA, LMFT, CEDS

I work with many young women who have both eating disorders and self-harming behaviors. The way I see it, it is a way for someone to use their body as a way to communicate. Whether they are burning, cutting, or picking at themselves, or bingeing, restricting or purging food, it is often symbolic of some deeper issues. Of course, there are different degrees …

What parents should know about OCD, which frequently co-occurs with eating disorders

If you have a child with an eating disorder like bulimia, binge eating disorder or anorexia, then you may need to untangle multiple mental illnesses to help her heal. Eating disorders often co-occur with other mental illnesses, including depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Here is some information about OCD to consider as you observe your child and consider treatment …