Contributor: Lauren Seicke, LGPC, at The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt As children and adolescents begin a new school year, it is normal to feel the “back-to-school jitters.” And this year, the normal anxiety that accompanies the beginning of a new season may be exacerbated by the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic. For [...] Read More
Contributor: Staff at Carolina House Diet culture is harmful to people of all weights and sizes, encouraging views that being skinny is ideal and that fat is bad. This thinking contributes to mental health concerns and eating disorder behaviors, especially for easily influenced groups like teenagers. The History of Diet Culture Diet culture traces back to [...] Read More
Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult on everyone’s mental health, presenting times of increased stress, fear, and anxiety. For those who have an eating disorder, the effect of the pandemic may be even greater, making it challenging to remain in recovery. The Pandemic’s Effect on Mental Health The [...] Read More
Seeking eating disorder treatment can be overwhelming. This task can sometimes intimidate or overwhelm people and get in the way of getting treatment. Here’s five tips to make finding eating disorder treatment in Dallas easier. Advocate for Yourself If you think you have an eating disorder, then it’s important that you get help. Unfortunately, if [...] Read More
College life is busy. Balancing academics with social events, sports, hobbies, and student jobs is a lot. Even though it’s fun (especially in a fun city like Dallas!), juggling all these responsibilities can make it difficult to integrate eating disorder treatment into their schedule. It’s not impossible and it’s actually really important. Here’s some tips [...] Read More
Contributor: Staff at McCallum Place Shame is one key risk factor for body image concerns and eating disorder symptoms. When someone experiences shame, they may feel inadequate and fear that others think of them negatively. While everyone feels shame at times, difficulty shifting thinking away from shame and negative thoughts about the body can contribute to [...] Read More
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
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