Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Remuda Ranch Reports Cutting is Prevalent in Eating Disorder Patients

PHOENIX (August 25, 2010) ­ Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating and Anxiety Disorders reports in the past five years, self-injury, particularly cutting oneself, is becoming more prevalent among eating disorder patients.

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.

Cutting may be increasing in our culture because young women today are struggling with identity issues and dealing with challenging problems. They feel they have to go to extremes to show others that they are suffering. Often, they are suffering from depression. In a visual culture, cutting may be a voice to get needs met. Self-injury may represent that struggle visually while physiologically and emotionally numbing the pain.

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1 comment:

Josh Spurlock, MA, LPC said...

I have come to respect Remuda's commitment to excellence in treatment. They also maintain great relationships with practitioners doing continued care.