Category: Support

What Providers Treat Eating Disorders?

Nature Forest with Sunlight and Moss on Ground Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center It’s difficult to know where to first seek treatment when you or a loved one is suffering from an eating disorder. Factors such as age, background, medical history, and the severity of the eating disorder symptoms all determine what type of treatment you may need. The process [...]
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Securing Eating Disorder Insurance Coverage from Your Insurance Company

Researching Eating Disorder Insurance For many people, one of the biggest barriers to eating disorder treatment is the cost. Some residential treatment programs can cost upwards of $30,000 per month, and unfortunately, companies do not always provide eating disorder insurance coverage [1]. If you are having problems getting insurance to cover your ED treatment, here are some tips for [...]
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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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Finding Eating Disorder Support When You Live in a Rural Area

Friends are Factors in Anorexia Treatment Living in a rural area has wonderful benefits of community, nature, and a slower pace. Unfortunately, there can also be drawbacks, and one of these is the challenge of receiving specialized treatment for more specific disorders, such as eating disorder support. Current treatment guidelines recommend a multi-faceted approach involving medical doctors, mental health specialists, and [...]
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Harm Reduction, COVID-19, and Eating Disorders

Woman struggling with eating disorder during COVID-19 As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our society and disrupt our everyday lives, individuals struggling with disordered eating beliefs and behaviors report feeling more challenged than ever. The circumstances of COVID-19 have created a perfect storm of triggers for those already fighting for their lives and working toward harm reduction. Grocery shopping, which is [...]
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How Do Celebrity Eating Disorder Confessions Impact Society’s View of the Disorders Themselves?

Group of ladies laughing If you had asked me to name celebrities that openly discussed their struggle with an eating disorder ten years ago, I could have listed all of them on one hand. However, times are changing, and celebrities are now more open about their struggles with disordered eating thoughts and behaviors than any other time in history. [...]
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Eating Disorder Risk and Sexual Minorities

Heart shaped hands The list of overwhelming daily life challenges facing sexual minorities in our culture continues to be unacceptably long. Unfortunately, being at a higher risk for developing disordered eating beliefs and behaviors is on this list. A recent study found more evidence to support that. However, research has shown for some time that individuals in the [...]
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Maintaining Eating Disorder Recovery in the Summer of COVID-19

Nature Lone Tree in Field I’m going to assume that the Summer of 2020 did not exactly look as you thought it would. The outbreak of COVID-19 changed everything, canceling planned events, vacations, and experiences and altering our general understanding of daily life, emotions, and socializing. We have all heard this COVID-19 season referred to as “unprecedented,” as in “we [...]
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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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