Category: Support

How Does Self-Compassion Differ from Self-Pity?

Woman feeling joy in recovery The largest obstacle between most individuals and life-changing self-compassion is themselves. We are all so quick to give reasons that we do not provide ourselves with compassionate actions, statements, and beliefs. One of the most common excuses for not doing so is labeling self-compassion as a negative trait such as “bragging,” “making excuses,” or “having self-pity.” [...]
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Childhood Early Life Stress Events Have Long-Term Consequences in Eating Disorders

Relaxing and coping While many recognize the vulnerability of children, there is still a pervasive belief that their resilience helps them to move beyond what they experience. The opposite is actually true, as the imprints that childhood trauma can have on brain functioning and belief systems can last throughout the lifetime. Early Life Stress (ELS) events and experiences of stressors [...]
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Emotions & Eating Disorders

Woman sitting in desert struggling with Bulimia Nervosa What does the word emotions mean to you? For many people, the word brings up images of sadness, grief, and crying. Or perhaps when you hear the word emotions, you think of joy, excitement, or laughter. What emotions are invoked when you think about eating disorders? While emotions do, indeed, regulate whether we feel like [...]
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Causes of Eating Disorders in Older Women

Woman considering anorexia recovery Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center When we think of eating disorders, we often picture teen girls and young women. While this is usually the demographic most affected by eating disorders, it is important to remember that women of all ages can experience symptoms of these diseases. Women go through several physical, mental, [...]
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Eating Disorders and the LGBTQIA+ Community

Nature Barley Field in Sun Light Contributor: Andrew Walen, LCSW-C, LICSW, CEDS, Founder and Executive Director of The Body Image Therapy Center The eating disorders treatment community has a lot to learn about assessment, etiology, and treatment of those who identify LGBTQIA+. Most everyone wants to be an ally in the treatment community, but few know how to effectively do so. [...]
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The Role of Fear and Disgust in Eating Disorders

Young girl struggling with Emotional Avoidance Sponsored By: The Refuge – A Healing Place There have been multiple studies on the link between emotions like fear and disgust and their impact on eating disorders. Strong emotions like these can trigger eating disorder behaviors, so properly identifying and addressing fear and disgust can be an important part of eating disorder treatment. How [...]
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Communication Tips for Stressful Discussions

Certain conversations can be stressful. This can be a barrier to having important discussions or can make it harder to communicate in a way that is authentic and healthy. Some eating disorder professionals say that learning communication skills can be a really important part of recovery [1]. This is because some people turn to their eating [...]
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Anorexia & Relapse Prevention

African-American Woman Anorexia nervosa is one of the most dangerous mental illnesses [1]. This is because of the medical issues that can happen as a result of anorexic behaviors. Anorexia is an eating disorder that is characterized by weight loss and an intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat. People with anorexia may become underweight by [...]
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Preventing Relapse in the Road to Recovery from Bulimia

Rainy road of eating disorder recovery Bulimia nervosa is a potentially deadly eating disorder [1]. Bulimia is a cycle of binging and compensatory behaviors to make up for the binge. Some examples of compensatory behaviors are purging, compulsive exercise, fasting, or laxative use [1]. People with bulimia also tend to struggle with body-image because body shape or size can really impact [...]
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