Category: Therapy

Choosing to Trust your Treatment Team in Eating Disorder Recovery

College social anxiety Trusting anyone, including yourself, can be challenging when you have struggled with an eating disorder. Throughout your time in treatment, you are likely asking yourself which “voice” in your head is yours? What desires are you versus the eating disorder manipulating you? How can you trust yourself when you feel that you are the one [...]
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The Search for Meaning and Purpose: Creating A Life Worth Living

Woman working on Long-Lasting Recovery from Anorexia Contributor: Nikki Rollo, Ph.D., LMFT, CEDS-S – National Director of Reasons Eating Disorder Center “Trust that which gives you meaning and accept it as your guide.” – C.G. Jung There is good evidence that a sense of meaning in our lives can increase our psychological health and decrease our distress as well as protect against [...]
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Perimenopause Considerations and Eating Disorder Recovery

environmental factors of Eating Disorders Each stage of life can present unique challenges and vulnerabilities for eating disorders. Many are aware that onset and susceptibility for disordered eating behaviors are in adolescence. Fewer consider the transitionary period of perimenopause and how these physical, emotional, and mental changes can impact a woman and her experience of her identity and body. One [...]
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Getting the Most out of Therapy in Eating Disorder Treatment

Eating disorder therapy can be an extremely rewarding process. Therapy can lead to life-altering changes and results. Therapy is an integral part of eating disorder recovery since eating disorders are often an attempt to cope with unresolved mental health issues, trauma, or repressed emotions [1]. Sorting through these issues can help protect someone’s recovery and [...]
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Exposure-Response Therapy and Eating Disorder Treatment

Asian Woman in Yellow Field Many people with eating disorders have anxiety about food or food-related situations, such as eating in restaurants or around friends [1]. Fear foods are a common barrier for people with eating disorders and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP or Exposure-Response Therapy) can help reduce reactions to them. Fear foods are foods that cause a significant [...]
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Depression, Eating Disorders & Therapy

Woman thinks about Effective Anorexia Treatment Research shows that individuals with eating disorders (EDs) are often diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder. One of the most common disorders co-occurring with EDs is depression. Though there are many different therapies to treat depression and eating disorders, one specific type of therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, has seen great success in treating individuals with both an [...]
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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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