Fatigue, attention, memory disorders … The disabling consequences of eating disorders are numerous, although they are less well understood. But suffering from anorexia or bulimia opens up many rights with MDPH.
” Having been anorexic and bulimic for about 12 years, my downturn suggests that I take steps to gain recognition for the quality of the disabled worker (RQTH) But I’m not with that. What to do? “Inquiries like this, health forums gather hundreds. On the occasion of World Eating Disorders Day, 2 June 2022, the French Federation of Anorexia and Bulimia states that these disorders ” Serious medical and psychological conditions affecting 900,000 children, adolescents and adults in France “. However, from there to be considered a handicap, walking is still high in public opinion… However, if we refer to the February 11, 2005 law, TCAs undoubtedly fall within the definition of “ inability »*.
Many crippling consequences
” I do not consider myself physically disabled For her part, this Internet user continued on the Internet Health Forum. ” We can’t say that when we think of TCA, we necessarily think of disability “Dr. Sophie Crickleion, a psychiatrist who specializes in this topic, admits. But, contrary to popular belief, it is possible to benefit from disability recognition with MDPH (Management of Persons with Disabilities) when you have anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder; psychiatric illness Listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the consequences of which can lead to disability.In addition to physical effects (fatigue, lack of energy, amenorrhea, etc.), nutritional deficiencies associated with eating disorders lead to disorders of attention, concentration, memory, and lack of Flexibility, slow thinking or even distraction that can delay the effectiveness of work.” Many of my patients work in sales and, ironically, in the food industry, where heavy lifting and physical activity are common. They often find themselves unable to carry out these handling operations ‘, the psychiatrist explains.
Assistance provided the severity of the disorder
according to ” Danger For the disorder and the extent of its chronicity, the clinician must then decide whether it is necessary to proceed with the opening of the MDPH, in accordance with the recommendations of the High Authority for Health (HAS), which, in “ A guide to identifying and managing bulimia and binge eating disorders Calls on health professionals to Thinking about establishing the necessary social care, including seeking long-term sickness care (ALD) – “prolonged psychiatric conditions” – “depending on the clinical picture. In certain cases, the seriousness of the disorders may justify a request for recognition of a disability status by the Ministry of Public Health. The latter first brings additional legitimacy but can” Coincidence » Leads to retraining, allowances, recognition of disabled worker status (RQTH), access to subsidized employment schemes…help that Amy recognized as a disabled worker during her anorexia. ” But to take advantage of this situation, it is necessary that the physical condition requires it I weigh only 25 kilos. So little more than an apprehension about meals “, Emphasizes.
Failure to understand patient rights
problem, “ There is still a lack of knowledge of the rights of patients with eating disorders, by patients themselves but also by health professionals who do not systematically suggest opening an MDPH file ‘, regrets Sophie Crickleon who notes that the request is often made on the occasion of the discovery of a co-morbidity, for example bipolar or schizophrenia that can accompany an eating disorder and be recognized as psychiatric disabilities per se, unlike TCA which still In a sort of gray area. The same scenario for children and teens with ED; “IDisabled Child Education Allowance (AEEH) Most often required in those who mainly have autism or neurodevelopmental spectrum disorder but not only those with erectile dysfunction “You continue.” When I worked in the university hospital group (GHU) de Paris, only 10% of patients in my department with eating disorders had the MDPH file open, and the application was systematically accepted. “Sometimes, a professional reorientation can suffice, for this” Anorexia physiotherapist is no longer able to practice his profession after he has reached a certain level of thinness and has directed him towards an association aimed at people in transition in life Dr. Krillion explains.
To be able to benefit from appropriate social care, it is recommended that you speak to your doctor or psychiatrist, who can take the necessary steps with a social worker. It is also possible to access the telephone line” Listening information for anorexia and bulimia Specialists are available from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Four days a week to answer any questions anonymously.
* “Any restriction on activity or participation in life in society suffered by a person in his environment due to a fundamental, permanent or final change in one or more of the physical, sensory, mental, cognitive or psychological functions with multiple disabilities or a debilitating health problem”
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