When Doctors Discriminate.
The example in the article is bipolar disorder, although I would argue that patients with anorexia face an especially tricky path because of the physical nature of their illness. When an anorexic patient shows up at the doctor's office, it's nearly impossible to determine where the mental illness ends and the physical illness begins—and most non-ED specialists have no clue where to start.
The medical world (in the US, that is) tries its damnedest to keep the body and brain separate, and good luck trying to get treated for a medical issue once you've been labeled a loon. The simple fact of the matter is that patients with mental illnesses are still often seen as willfully deranged, whatever that even means. Stop acting like a crazy person, and we'll stop treating you like one.
Grr. It makes me SO MAD. I went to the student health center on campus once for an EKG because my heart was skipping, and the nurse refused to do it. She saw "anorexia" stamped on my file and told me—this is a direct quote—"We can't help you until you help yourself." That bitch is lucky I didn't, you know, die.
About a year later I went back for a referral to a gastroenterologist because of tummy troubles (and a family history of colon cancer) and was, yet again, dismissed.
It's no use getting bitter about this stuff now, but I guess I'm glad to see the problem acknowledged.