No one prepares you for the task of supporting a loved one with an eating disorder. While there are many helpful and informative books written on the subject, the enormity of the information can be overwhelming on top of the stresses of being there for your loved one. This is why eating disorder communication skills are [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
How many people are you surrounded by right now, in your home, at Target, in your office? 50…100…500? Imagine increasing that to 10 million. Try ignoring them all. For males and eating disorders, a staggering 10 million men in the United States suffer from an eating disorder. Males and Eating Disorders From 1999 to 2009, [...] Read More
Two-thirds of people with an eating disorder diagnosis will suffer from anxiety in their lifetime . 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 [...] Read More
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 . Diagnosis Generally defined, “bulimia nervosa is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating followed by [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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