Eating Disorders in the LGBT Community at Castlewood
It is widely demonstrated for individuals who suffer with eating disorders in the LGBT community, that there are unique challenges to overcome in recovery. Castlewood has worked with individuals from the LGBT community since we opened our doors in 2000, and our experience has helped us identify some of the unique challenges and issues which must be addressed for lasting eating disorder recovery. There tends to be a prevailing stereotype about eating disorders that says these are conditions experienced by upper class, white, straight women. Like any illness or mental health condition, eating disorders do not discriminate against race, gender, sexual orientation, or social class. Incident rates of eating disorders among those part of the LGBT community are just as typical and in some cases the LGBT community may be at higher risk for problems of this nature. If you or someone you know is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and you think they may be struggling with an eating disorder but feel they are unable to get help, we encourage you to contact Castlewood today for more information about how our program can help.
Eating Disorder Treatment and Solutions for the LGBT Community
The eating disorder treatment programs and staff at Castlewood are committed to providing a compassionate and welcoming environment. All of Castlewood’s clients are treated as individuals, and with respect and dignity. Gender-neutral, LGBT affirming language is used throughout our facility including on our forms and bathrooms. Our program schedule includes a group that is specific for sexuality, gender and intimacy issues that clients may face. All our staff are active in advocacy for LGBT clients and understand that each client is unique. As a community facing the stressors which can influence eating disorders, we are sensitive to the unique pressure that those among the LGBT community can face in terms of discrimination, body image and sexual identity and the resulting negative messages about oneself which accompany these problems. Our goal is not only to help with eating disorders but to assist our LGBT clients in restoring strength and emotional well-being.
The Importance of Eating Disorder Treatment for Individuals Within the LGBT Community
Eating Disorder Treatment for individuals within the LGBT Community is a significant issue because like other marginalized groups, the struggle to feel accepted and safe can be an internal battle which contributes to mental health conditions. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, eating disorders can disproportionately impact varying populations of the LGBT community.
While we are still learning about the relationships between sexuality, gender identity, body image and eating disorders, there are stressors we can clearly identify including understanding sexual identity, coming out and harassment faced in schools or the workplace. These unique stressors can lead people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender to have greater susceptibility for mental health problems including suicide attempts, anxiety or depression. It is our goal at Castlewood to provide eating disorder treatment for the LGBT population that is accessible and effective in arriving at a healthy and enriching recovery for body, mind and spirit.