Eating disorders are complex diseases, and they do not exist in a vacuum. Those struggling with eating disorders are often struggling with other conditions, but unfortunately the co-occurrence of multiple mental illnesses is rarely discussed. Those struggling with multiple disorders should know that they are not alone, and should pursue treatment that addresses all of their conditions.
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