Individuals in marginalized groups have an increased likelihood of mental health diagnoses, including eating disorders. For the LGBTQ+ community, this is apparent, with an estimated 40 to 70% of LGBTQ+ individuals experiencing an eating disorder in their lifetime . Individuals that identify as LGBTQ+ experiencing unique stressors that likely contribute to these numbers and these [...] Read More
Early in medical school, every medical student learns how to present a patient case. Using an example of a patient with Anorexia Nervosa, the presentation might go like this: L is a 16 year old high school sophomore who developed AN in the Spring of 2020. She reported longstanding negative body image, and some history [...] Read More
The ability to fully experience, communicate, and regulate one’s emotional experience is a skill. Even so, our society acts as if everyone should be aware of how to do this instinctively. The result is many children and adolescents developing into adulthood without ever having been taught that they are capable of regulating their emotions. Instead, [...] Read More
Mindfulness and Self Inquiry Article Contributed By: Laurie Little, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist of Lindner Center of HOPE Many individuals with eating disorders struggle with perfectionism and have high needs to control their thoughts, feelings, behaviors and environment. Underlying feelings of shame and powerlessness often lead to a coping strategy that tries to regain a sense [...] Read More
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy approach that helps people shift their thoughts so they can feel better and change any unwanted behaviors. Thoughts have a ripple effect. The way someone thinks directly impacts how they feel and act. This approach can be helpful during eating disorder recovery. Many people with eating disorders feel [...] Read More
Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most prevalent of all eating disorders, affecting approximately 2.5 to 4.5 percent of females and 1.0 to 3.0 percent of males worldwide . Primary symptoms of BED include recurring episodes of binge eating, feeling a loss of control during the binge, and not engaging in unhealthy, compensatory behaviors (purge [...] Read More
Regardless of who you are, lack of effective communication is an opening for trouble. This trouble is compounded for those in recovery from Binge Eating Disorder (BED), as the effective and assertive communication of thoughts, feelings, and boundaries is key to coordinating continued treatment, support, and needs. Assertive Communication with Treatment Professionals Developing the ability to [...] Read More
While holding hope for the possibility of eating disorder recovery is important, it is also necessary to acknowledge that not everyone experiences full eating disorder recovery. 20 to 30% of individuals diagnosed with anorexia nervosa will have a severe and enduring form . Researchers are attempting to reduce this number by constantly exploring new treatment modalities. One [...] Read More
Treating the impacts of trauma must be done very carefully, as revealing and exploring these experiences long after they have passed can cause retraumatization and increase the individual’s struggle. Some professionals believe in a “top-down” treatment approach to trauma, which involves focusing on cognitions and the “thinking brain .” Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, CBT, is an [...] Read More
Over the past several years, the cultural ideal of female physical attractiveness has shifted away from an extremely thin body ideal towards a more muscular, ultra-fit body ideal . But despite evidence that women desire to be athletic, muscular, and toned (not just thin), no effective body image test has yet been developed to assess [...] Read More
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