Author Archives: Jane McGuire

Eating Disorders, Experiential Somatic Awareness and Integration

Woman struggling with eating disorder Contributor: Dr. Gina Negrette serves as the Medical Director for Aloria Health. Body distress or somatic integration often occurs when a person is under an extreme amount of stress and/or experiences trauma. Somatic awareness is when a person acknowledges their own self within their environment and uses sensations to identify the psychological, physiological and social factors [...]
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Is BMI an Accurate Measure of Healthy Weight?

Woman Dealing with Depression and Eating Disorders Is Body Mass Index (BMI) an accurate way to measure whether you are at a healthy weight? It has been the standard of measurement for healthy weight for a number of years, but aren’t there many other factors that should be taken into consideration? BMI is a medical scale to determine if a person is within [...]
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Assessing Readiness to Recovery in Bulimia Nervosa

Woman with flower by a fence Bulimia is an eating disorder that has ongoing episodes of binge eating. The person struggles with periods of binge eating where large amounts of food are consumed in a two hour or less time period. The binging is typically followed by feelings of shame, helplessness and a lack of self-control. After a binge episode occurs, [...]
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Values & Identity: Youth Can Avoid Snags of Eating Disorders

Parent and youth on beach Every parent is in a constant fight to protect their children, whether it be from playground scrapes to broken hearts. But, as the world changes, so do the dangers that can reach today’s youth. One of those dangers is disordered eating. Approximately 3% of U.S. adolescents are affected by an eating disorder [1]. EDs are [...]
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Accepting Our Bodies: Making Peace with Ourselves

Woman enjoying sunrise A positive body image consists of several various factors. A person with positive body image has a sense of acceptance, respect, and control of their body. Overall, a healthy body image is the ability to recognize and accept one’s body shape and size. Unfortunately, a person’s belief about their appearance and how they feel about their body, [...]
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PTSD and Bulimia: Relational Statistics & Trends

Woman sitting with her dog Bulimia and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) frequently occur together, primarily when a stressful or traumatic event occurs.  Reactions can be overwhelming, and cause distress to the point of emotional impairment, dysfunction to daily life, and physical problems [1]. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) states that trauma varies from person-to-person and reactions depend [...]
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ACT & Eating Disorder Treatment: What You Need to Know

Woman getting therapy Working with a therapist can help reduce eating disorder behaviors and symptoms, and get you moving toward recovery. One way therapists work on reducing symptoms is through Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT). What It Is ACT helps individuals to reduce eating disordered thoughts, feelings, and symptoms. The focus is typically on what the person can control, [...]
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DBT & Eating Disorder Treatment: What You Need to Know

Woman in DBT treatment Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a type of therapy that is used to treat mental health conditions to include eating disorders. It works to help individuals learn healthy, adaptive ways to regulate emotions, analyze and restructure behaviors that are a result of emotional dysregulation and focuses on increasing mindfulness, and tolerate distress [1]. It’s Origins [...]
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