Addictions and disorders do not affect just one aspect of an individual – they profoundly and negatively impact the brain as well as the body. Therefore, the most effective treatment approach involves therapeutic integration, meaning not just one type of therapy is used in the healing process, but many, and Dance Movement Therapy in Eating [...] Read More
Where To Start Helping Someone Signals and symbols help guide us as we navigate our way through everyday tasks. Red lights indicate that we need to stop. Green lights tell us to go. The flashing yellow light warns us to proceed with caution and stay alert. Yet even with that guidance, we sometimes still have [...] Read More
Contributed by Amy M. Klimek, MA, LCPC, Director of Program Development, Eating Disorder Program Coordinator, Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center Body checking has long been an obsession of those with an eating disorder. In fact, it is such a common behavior for those who are weight-obsessed that they often do not even know they are doing [...] Read More
When I was born, no one said to me, “Thrive, sweet baby! But never hold out hope that you’ll be happy.” When I was 10 months old and starting to walk, no one said to me, “Why bother trying? You’re going to fall anyway.” When I was learning to read, no one said to me, [...] Read More
The Meaning of Holistic Treatment in Recovery The word “holistic” is used a lot in the medical field. In fact, hospitals use it to differentiate themselves from the competition. They want you to understand that they treat more than the disease. Holistic treatment in recovery means they have different types of methods to treat the [...] Read More
According to a recent study from Ohio State University, the so-called “freshman 15” is really just a myth. The average weight gain faced by students during their first year of college seems to be 2.5 to 3.5 pounds. However, the study did show that students do gain weight steadily over the course of their college [...] Read More
“Just do it!” is a common mantra heard all over the exercise world to motivate people to get in shape and conquer the threat of becoming a couch potato. But this type of motivation doesn’t work when the battle is an eating disorder. In fact, it may hinder more than it will ever help individuals [...] Read More
It can be difficult not to have another serving of homemade pumpkin pie or that extra scoop of ice cream even though you’re full and couldn’t possibly eat another bite. We wait all year for this, and let’s face it, the food is delicious and hard to refuse, especially when our tables are set for [...] Read More
What are some of the unique anorexia and relationship issues that anorexia sufferers experience in relationships with lovers, family, and friends? Sharing a smile seems simple enough, right? You tell a joke at the dinner table, laugh with a friend about something completely ridiculous or express how much you care about a loved one. At [...] Read More
Contributed by: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC, Founder & President of Eating Disorder Hope and Crystal Kargas, MS, RDN. Anxiety. It happens as a part of everyday life and can be useful in many instances. Anxiety alerts us to danger and can even help us escape when a perilous situation may be unavoidable. If it persists [...] Read More
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