Category: Support

How Support Groups Assist in Eating Disorder Recovery

Group of People discussing cultural differences in mental health treatment Support groups are an incredible way to create an accessible community for any number of life challenges. The benefits of these groups are undeniable, from the access to information and support they provide to the community they create. Here are just a few benefits of support groups that can help contribute to eating disorder recovery. Accessibility [...]
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Eating Disorders in the LBGTQ+ Community

LGBT parade Eating disorders do not discriminate – they impact many individuals with various intersectional identities, including those with LGBTQ+ identities. In fact, research has indicated that eating disorders disproportionately impact some segments of the LGBTQ+ community. [1] Risk factors Research suggests that LGBTQ+ identified people face unique stressors and challenges that likely put them at risk [...]
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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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Accepting Reality Does Not Mean Giving Up

Nature Lone Tree in Field What comes to mind when I mention the word “acceptance?” Let’s be honest, for most of us, our first reaction is an eye roll. When we are reminded to accept reality, it normally means it is something we are unhappy with or do not want to change, so we are, understandably, reluctant. For you, accepting may feel [...]
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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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Why the Fourth of July Can Be Triggering

People on lake shore during summer Contributor: Staff at Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center The Fourth of July is bursting with celebrations — cookouts, pool parties, parades, and, of course, fireworks. And while it’s usually a time filled with summer fun for most people, it can be a minefield of summer eating disorder triggers such as food and body image concerns [...]
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Growing up with a Sibling Struggling with an Eating Disorder

Nature Barley Field in Sun Light Witnessing your sibling combat a life-threatening illness can be excruciatingly painful and emotionally conflicting. You knew them before their disorder overtook their life, you witness their moments of victory as well as their moments of darkness. All at once, you may feel scared, sorrowful, helpless, guilty, angry, confused, happy, hopeful, and overwhelmed. You cannot take this burden [...]
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