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Feb. 22-28 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

5-Eating-Disorder-AwarenessThe goal of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, taking place Feb. 22-28, is to put the spotlight on the seriousness of eating disorders and to improve the public’s understanding of their causes, triggers and treatments.

The National Eating Disorders Association’s 2015 theme is “I had no idea” and it focuses on the importance of early intervention and the diverse experiences of people personally affected by disordered eating. Too often, signs and symptoms are overlooked as insignificant behaviors when in fact many of these are early warning signs of eating disorders.

“Eating disorders is one of the most fatal mental illnesses there is, because those who binge and purge suffer from electrolytes abnormalities that can lead to heart damage and Cardiac arrhythmia, which can be fatal,” explained Monarch’s Medical Director Dr. Robert McHale, an award-winning psychiatrist who works with people of all ages with mental illness and substance use disorders.

"But people who seek help and the proper treatment can recover. It’s one of the conditions that really needs to be coordinated between a psychiatrist, pediatrician and/or a family physician. Communications between those professionals is vital and early intervention is the key.”

Educating yourself and those around you about eating disorders is a great way to get involved this month. Visit NEDAwareness.org to review information about how eating disorders develop and why they are so complex, as well as find out how you can be proactive in recognizing contributing factors and being a part of the fight against these life threatening illnesses.

NEDA has information and resources available via our website and helpline: www.NationalEatingDisorders.org, NEDA Helpline: 800-931-2237

NAMI has also provided a fact sheet for more information, click here.

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