Clinical Barriers to Effective Treatment of Eating Disorders and Co-occurring Psychiatric Disorders in Transgendered Individuals

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Abstract

Eating disorders (EDs) are complex and difficult to treat illnesses that are often chronic and disabling on their own accord or due to comorbidity with other psychiatric conditions. Historically, EDs have been viewed as illnesses of heterosexual, affluent white females. This stereotype increases the likelihood that these disorders will be underrecognized in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, as well as in different gender, socioeconomic, and ethnic populations. Our case report illustrates the clinical difficulties of managing a patient who presented to inpatient treatment with complaints of depression and suicidality, but who also had an active ED and was transgender.

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