Category: Mental Health

Isolation Can Increase Depression, Anxiety & Eating Disorders: Tips to Stay Connected

Girl concerned about Gaining Weight After Anorexia treatment Recent disease-containment strategies to stop the spread of COVID-19 have left thousands (if not millions) of people isolated at home. Research shows social isolation can increase depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, especially in vulnerable individuals. Here are three practical tips to stay connected and protect your mental health during a time of social isolation. Isolation [...]
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Emotional Difficulties in Eating Disorders and Recognizing and Processing Them

Nature Road Through Redwood National Park It is a very human trait to believe that we are in complete control of our thoughts and behaviors. In reality, a situation will occur that results in an automatic thought, corresponding emotion, and subsequent behavior. We can gain control over this process. However, when dealing with emotional difficulties in eating disorders, it is an [...]
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Eating Disorders and Emotions: A Complex Relationship

Nature Road Through Redwood National Park Eating disorders aren’t just about food. This might seem confusing because it’s an eating disorder. While fear of gaining weight and obsession with food, exercise, or body image are signs of disordered eating, these disorders are more complex. Disordered eating is often an attempt to cope with upsetting feelings [1]. Eating disorders are not just [...]
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Embracing Emotional Metamorphosis: The Art of Surrender

Butterflys and emotional connection Contributor: Crystal Bowlby, Ph.D., CEDS-S – Clinical Psychologist at Laureate Eating Disorders Program “Change is the essence of life; be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become” (Reinhold Niebuhr) Recently, I have been contemplating the process of transformation – inquiring how change happens; the path of resistance in response to change [...]
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Understanding the Connection Between Depression and Eating Disorders

Woman struggling with eating disorder during COVID-19 Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center The hopelessness that comes with depression can make living with an eating disorder quite challenging. But when you lessen the depressive symptoms you are struggling with, you are much more likely to start experiencing success in your struggle with depression and eating disorders. Connecting Depression and Eating [...]
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Fighting Depressive Thoughts with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Nature Road Through Redwood National Park Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based therapeutic modality for depression. For many people, treating depression is an important aspect of eating disorder recovery. This is because many people with disordered eating also deal with depression [1]. In fact, depression is the most common mood disorder that people with eating disorders struggle with [1]. Depression [...]
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Developing Emotion Regulation Skills in Eating Disorder Recovery

Eden Featured Profile Image 5 It is a universal human experience to encounter overwhelming or turbulent emotion-states and learn how to deal with them with skills such as emotion regulation. Struggling with doing so is a common trait in many psychiatric conditions such as generalized anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, substance use disorders, borderline personality disorder, and, you guessed it, [...]
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Eating Disorders and Mental Health

young woman with illusion of Control in the Development of Eating Disorders Contributor: Staff at McCallum Place Eating disorders can cause individuals to experience a range of symptoms that can interfere with their ability to function. While many eating disorder symptoms are the result of disordered eating behaviors, there are many associated emotions that can lead to low self-esteem and difficulty participating socially. But, is there a [...]
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