Eating Disorders in the LGBT Community at Monarch Cove
With eating disorders in the LGBT community there are unique challenges that must be overcome to help one achieve recovery. Monarch Cove’s commitment to eating disorder recovery has provided us with the experience necessary to understand how eating disorders can affect a diverse group of individuals. There is a mistaken belief that eating disorders are conditions only experienced by white, upper class, straight women. Eating disorders are like any illness or mental health condition, and can affect any race, gender, sexual orientation, or social class. Eating disorders among lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender individuals are not uncommon, and in some cases this community can be at a higher in risk for problems of this nature. If you or someone you know identifies as part of the LGBT community and may be struggling with an eating disorder, we encourage you to contact Monarch Cove today for information about how our program can help.
Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery for the LGBT Community
Monarch Cove’s eating disorder treatment staff are dedicated to providing a compassionate, sincere and welcoming environment. All our clients are treated with respect and dignity, and our program is geared toward treating each person as an individual. Our center practices gender-neutral, LGBT-affirming language, even on our intake forms and restrooms. The program schedule we develop includes groups which are specific for sexuality, gender, and intimacy issues that clients may have. Our staff are active allies in advocacy for LGBT clients and always treat each client as a unique individual.
Certain stressors may have prevented some from seeking help with mental health conditions in the past. At Monarch Cove, our clients can expect to find a protected and nurturing environment, sensitive to the unique pressure the LGBT community can face in terms of discrimination, body image and sexual identity. Our goal is not only to provide treatment for eating disorders within the LGBT community, but to encourage our clients toward restoring their emotional health and well-being.
The Distinction of Eating Disorder Treatment among the LGBT Population
Eating disorder treatment among the LGBT population is a unique and important issue, in that marginalized communities can struggle just to feel accepted and safe. These unique stressors can lead people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender to have greater susceptibility for trauma and mental health problems such as suicide attempts, anxiety or depression, substance abuse and eating disorders.
According to the National Eating Disorders Association, eating disorders can disproportionately impact varying populations of the LGBT community. While working toward a greater understanding of relationships between gender identity, sexuality, disordered eating and body image standards, there are stressors which are particular for clients who identify themselves as a part of the LGBT community, such as discrimination faced at school or the workplace, identity and challenges with coming out. Our treatment approach at Monarch Cove addresses these unique stressors and helps clients develop a balanced life in recovery.