Treating Disordered Eating with Equine Therapy

Woman enjoying equine therapy and her True Self Equine therapy is a type of animal-assisted therapy (AAT), in which horses are deliberately included in one’s treatment plan. Generally, combining equine therapy and eating disorder treatment involves a credentialed treatment provider who guides interactions between the individual in recovery and an animal to realize specific recovery goals. That is, the introduction of a horse [...]
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Where is the Hope When You are Ashamed to Exist: Impact of Shame and Microaggressions on Eating Disorders in Marginalized Communities

 Norman completed his B.A. at Yale University where he studied music and psychology and was the recipient of a Mellon Fellowship for Research in Psychiatry. He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at UCLA, where he was the recipient of an individual National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health to study [...]
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Overcoming Anxiety in Eating Disorder Treatment

young woman with illusion of Control in the Development of Eating Disorders Two-thirds of people with an eating disorder diagnosis will suffer from anxiety in their lifetime [1]. That means two-thirds of people will have to fight for recovery from their anxiety and eating disorders. Talk about overwhelming odds. This comorbidity can alter how the individual develops, experiences, is treated for and recovers from their eating disorder. Comorbidity [...]
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Bulimia Nervosa – Signs & Symptoms

bulimia signs in two women Bulimia nervosa is one of the most commonly known and diagnosed eating disorders. Bulimia affects 1.5% of American women, and bulimia signs are characterized by bingeing and purging behaviors and can result in dire health issues if left untreated [1]. Diagnosis Generally defined, “bulimia nervosa is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating followed by [...]
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Anorexia Nervosa – Signs & Symptoms

Thinking woman The word “anorexia” has become popular in the English lexicon, yet, many still don’t know what anorexia symptoms are or what it means exactly. Most often, it is used as a negative reference to individuals living in thin bodies. I don’t think I’m voicing an unpopular opinion when I say that tossing around an insult [...]
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Adult Day Treatment for Eating Disorders

Eating Disorder Support Groups holding hands in group therapy Eating disorders do not exist in a vacuum. As life and the world continues to move around you, receiving the proper treatment can be difficult, and that is if you can even receive treatment at all. Perhaps this is why research shows that eating disorder treatment for children and adolescents is most effective when done in [...]
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Keto Diet: Facts Versus Fad

Healthy breakfast on a meal plan. The ketogenic diet is only one of the most recent options in the rotation of the notorious fad diets. The American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics holds the position that the use of the keto diet may be used to treat epilepsy in children. The ketogenic diet has no established benefit for other populations and [...]
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Benefits of Pet Therapy in Eating Disorder Treatment

Girl hugging her dog using pet therapy in eating disorder treatment While conventional wisdom has long supported animal companions as promoting human wellbeing, only recently has science investigated the therapeutic effect pets have in alleviating mental and medical difficulties. [1, 3] But, what are the advantages of pet therapy in eating disorder treatment? The most widely researched animals appear to be dogs, horses, cats, and aquatic [...]
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