Category: Trauma

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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Somatic Therapy & Trauma

Woman considering anorexia recovery 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 [1].” Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, CBT, is an [...]
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Complex-PTSD, Eating Disorders, and the Role EMDR Plays.

Nature Forest with Sunlight and Moss on Ground Recovering from an eating disorder is deeper than just an individual’s relationship with food and body image. The relationship with food is often just the observable symptom of the individual’s suffering. It is extremely important to continue casting light on the relevance of trauma/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in eating disorders. This connection highlights the [...]
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The Dietitian’s Role in Treating Trauma in Eating Disorders

Nature Road Through Redwood National Park Contributor: Kourtney Vandenburgh, RD at Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center Trauma has been linked to numerous negative health behaviors, including disordered eating and eating disorders. Trauma can include interpersonal violence such as bullying, domestic violence, social violence (wars and terrorism), natural disasters (earthquakes, fires), and chronic social stressors (poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia) [1]. In this [...]
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Connecting Trauma to Disordered Eating

Woman battling self-harm Contributor: Staff at Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center People’s relationships with food can be complicated, and, for some, the urge to engage in disordered eating behaviors may be rooted in past traumas they have experienced. Understanding the connection between eating disorders and trauma can be critical in getting to the core of a person’s struggles [...]
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Trauma and Eating Disorders

Woman Struggling with Discovering the Body What is Trauma? When we think of what constitutes trauma, we often think of single events where we feel like our life or wellbeing is significantly threatened. However, what is “traumatic” to any given individual is best understood in light of the “three E’s,” Event, Experience, and Effects, an important point made by the Substance Abuse [...]
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My Abusive Eating Disorder

Quiet woman with an Abusive Eating Disorder Voice Contributor: Timberline Knolls Team at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center “The voice claims me. I see therapists. These people challenge the voice, the thoughts. My intellect begins to understand the illusion. But, the moment I begin to sense the almighty damage I am doing to myself . . . the voice becomes angry. It warns [...]
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