We all have, within us, the power to combat the challenges that come our way. Even so, doing this is a lot easier with the support of others behind us. In eating disorder recovery, that support comes in many forms. It comes from doctors to therapists to nutritionists to family to friends and others in recovery. Research [...] Read More
Eating Disorders of any kind thrive on attacking when the individual is vulnerable. Eating Disorders are maladaptive coping mechanisms one uses to manage unwanted feelings or pain of any sort. With the uncertainty we are now faced with as a nation with the Coronavirus quarantine and pandemic, people are turning to their go-to coping strategies [...] Read More
When searching for an Eating Disorder Therapist, it’s important to note that there is no one size fits all. According to Chris Illiades , “The best treatment for you will depend on the type of Eating Disorder you have, how severe your symptoms are, and many other factors. Your treatment must fit your own needs.” [...] Read More
When I graduated with my counseling degree 17 years ago, I was one of 3 men in a class of 24 graduate students. Over two years, I was learning to work and relate in a primarily female environment, which prepared me well for my career in the field of treating eating disorders. Not only do [...] Read More
Many individuals live in remote areas, a long way from professionals trained to treat eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. For them, doing traditional face-to-face therapy is not a realistic option. Additionally, patients with eating disorders have to contend with long waiting times to receive treatment , but what about online [...] Read More
Two therapeutic approaches have been garnering increased attention in recent years but have different ways of conceptualizing and treating eating disorders in adolescents; Family Based Treatment (FBT) and Enhanced Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT-E). Both approaches are designed to eliminate eating disorder behaviors but conceptualize the role of parents and patients differently and offer significantly different [...] Read More
Feelings come as naturally to us as breathing, and just like breathing, we often don’t consider the benefit to us when we do it intentionally. We know that we have emotions, but it is rare that we take the time to label and process them. Learning to recognize feelings in eating disorder recovery can be a fundamental [...] Read More
23 % of people struggling with an eating disorder seek treatment, often not doing so until 10 to 15 years after the onset of symptoms . If you are one of those individuals, you may be ready to hit the ground running when you do engage in treatment, not wanting to skip-a-beat when you begin [...] Read More
Research has shown that the family absolutely plays a role in eating disorder development, treatment, and recovery. These findings have been implemented with family-based treatment methods, particularly with adolescents. However, for adults struggling with an eating disorder, “family” becomes a much more broad term, and their significant other may be the most involved relationship in [...] Read More
Eating Disorders work hard to be, essentially, unknown. They work to hide themselves from the outside world for fear of being “seen” or discovered because once they are, they know they have less of a chance of survival. In other words, people with Eating Disorders are experts at hiding their illnesses, and consequently, they may [...] Read More
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