Category: Recovery

The Value of Detaching Emotional Responses from Thoughts in Eating Disorder Recovery

Hispanic Girl in White Top Despite what popular psychology and self-help gurus tell us, we cannot control our thoughts. However, we can learn how to change our response to our thoughts. A valuable skill in eating disorder recovery is detaching the emotional response from an intrusive and unhelpful thought. One might be thinking, “well, how do I do that?” or [...]
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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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Summer in a Pandemic Makes Socializing Even Trickier for Those in Recovery

Summer camp Contributor: Carolina House Team at Carolina House Summer looks a lot different this year for everyone, especially those in eating disorder recovery. Depending on which part of the country you live in, pools may be shut down. Some bars and restaurants could be closed or operating at a reduced capacity. Backyard gatherings with friends might [...]
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Five Tips for a Healthier & Happier Relationship with Yourself in Recovery From Eating Disorders

Dock in a lake Eating disorder recovery is an invitation to reconnect with yourself. While eating disorders appear to be about food, there is an emotional component. Often, eating disorders are a way to cope with difficult emotions, such as anxiety or intense sadness [1]. For some people, taking steps to have a better relationship with themselves was critical [...]
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The Power of Sharing Your Bulimia Recovery Story

Nature Barley Field in Sun Light Some people with eating disorders keep their disordered behaviors or recovery journey, such as bulimia recovery, a secret. This makes sense because it is very personal information. Aside from the vulnerability of sharing, this hesitance to share may also point to deeper feelings of shame. Shame researcher Brené Brown says that shame is “an intensely [...]
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You Can Do This: Coming Out of Eating Disorder Rehab Successfully

Dock in a lake Leaving eating disorder rehab can be a really overwhelming experience, no matter how long you were in it. You have lived years engaging in unhelpful thought patterns and behaviors that have likely impacted your self-view, relationships, school, career – your whole life. You bravely enter treatment and are finally surrounded by people that get it and [...]
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Protect Your Eating Disorder Recovery

Hands of women showing gratitude Contributor: Joanna O’Neill, LMFT of EDEN Treatment Center The world currently exists in a state of uncertainty and desperation. People feel helpless in the face of a viral predator they cannot see. Concern regarding work and finances has become the norm. Moreover, living in isolation, which is contrary to healthy human existence, only serves to [...]
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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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What Do Adolescents Consider Important in Eating Disorder Recovery

Emotional and sad teen Family-based therapy is a big buzzword when it comes to the treatment of adolescent eating disorders. Researchers and eating disorder professionals tout these benefits as being a key to long-term recovery to adolescents. In these family-based treatments, “the overarching aim is to empower the young person’s parents to manage and take charge of the difficult [...]
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