Eating disorders are oftentimes accompanied with thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts. In fact, suicide is the most common cause of death among individuals with eating disorders, while eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric disorders. Recent studies have shown that within the eating disorder population individuals with anorexia have the highest rate of completed suicide and those with bulimia have the greatest number of attempts. Furthermore, one study also found that half of individuals struggling with binge eating disorder have attempted suicide. Attempts by individuals with anorexia tend to be planned, while attempts by individuals with bulimia tend to be more impulsive.
When trying to understand suicidality amongst those with eating disorders there are many things to keep in mind:
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