Weekly Hope – Camille Williams, MA, NCC, LPC – Depression and Eating Disorders – Part 4

Lady dealing with an eating disorder and depression

Kirsten Haglund and Camille Williams complete their discussion on Medication-Assisted Treatments, Depression and Eating Disorders.

Kirsten: I’d like to take this moment to include one of our viewer’s question. Angela says that she got her tonsils removed 14 days ago and hasn’t had any solid food since then as per the doctor’s recommendation. As of today, Angela is supposed to restart her food intake but the thoughts of an eating disorder and depression are clouding her judgment, and she could use some advice moving forward.

Camille: Hi Angela! Glad you’re with us. At Timberline Knolls, we always recommend starting with baby steps. Especially after some sort of surgery, like the removal of tonsils in your case, you have to start with soft foods that are easy on your throat.

So let’s say you are starting off with Jell-O and having milkshakes, you can initiate a constructive thought process where you think of one solid food you can easily start with today and then maybe supplement your meals with some insurers or another supplement to make sure all your nutrients are being met.

Start with a food that maybe you don’t have to chew too much on or a sandwich that you feel comfortable or safe having. It’s all about a starting point that you have to decide upon and then take it from there. I hope that helps.

Kirsten: Thank you so much, Angela, for writing in and reaching out. We have two more great comments here actually. Kathy just joined in and is talking about being on so many meds that may not all necessarily be good for her.

There is actually this one great tool called genesite.com that provides information about various side effects that different drugs can exert. Every person’s case is different, but it is essential to be educated and taking ownership of your diagnosis and treatment. Camille, what would you like to add to that?

Camille: At Timberline Knowles, we have taken the initiative to conduct some genetic testing. I do not have too much authority on the topic, but it is essential to figure out whether or not your insurance covers such programs. I’m hoping this is something that can be mainstreamed soon because it is definitely worth it to know what medications are going to work best for your body and save time and unnecessary repercussions in order to optimize treatment.

Kirsten: Next, we have Jennifer who is a child psychiatrist, and she echoes Camille’s thoughts on how medication is yet another tool that can be effectively utilized to provide a foundation for further work in terms of therapeutic interventions.

So what are the next steps for recovery, especially for those also fighting depression, because it can be even harder for these patients to stay motivated? How can you encourage people that are watching us right now to follow through to get the help they need.?

Camille: I think it’s about finding the right support system and then really focusing upon realistic goals. It is vital upon deciding the right treatment team, starting with going to your doctor just to make sure that everything is okay physically and get some recommendations for a psychiatrist or a therapist to care for your mental health. There are also a lot of great online resources available to you find the help that matches what you need.

Where it is essential to find the right person to help you professionally, it is equally important to focus upon your personal and social support system that significantly influences you on a daily basis. It is essential to have people in your life that you can reach out to for support.

Maybe if you have been trying to enhance your food intake, you can consider someone who can have dinner with you often or a couple of different people who can join you frequently for meals. This may be a more constructive way of dealing with pressures of eating more. Instead of putting unnecessary pressure on yourself entirely to eat more every day, figure out how you can delegate and get the help to make a difference in your life in general.

Kirsten: Thank you so much for sharing your valuable insights and wisdom with us, Camille. I know a lot of people joined in to hear our conversation today and we all appreciate that on the show. I look forward to hopefully doing this again soon.

China woman smilingCamille: Absolutely! Sounds wonderful, thank you so much for having me.

Kirsten: A big thanks to you all for tuning in and for the wonderful conversation in the comments, especially those joining in today for the first time. I want to highlight again the fact that we posted some links in the comment section regarding what Camille has written for eating disorder hope so that you can learn from her work.

If you found something really meaningful in today’s video conversation and have a loved one or friend who might be struggling with depression or eating disorder or a combination of both, please go ahead and share this video with them as well. You can download the link to our Youtube channel or reach out to us on our Facebook page.

Wherever you are in the world tonight, I hope you have a wonderful day, wishing you peace, joy, and freedom as you continue on your journey to recovery. If you are lending support to a loved one, that you for being such a valuable support system.

Stay tuned to our social media feeds in order to find out more about our next guest and topic. For now, I’ll say thank you and goodbye, and we will see you next week.

Please See:

Weekly Hope with Camille Williams – Depression and Eating Disorders – Part 1
Weekly Hope with Camille Williams – Depression and Eating Disorders – Part 2
Weekly Hope with Camille Williams – Depression and Eating Disorders – Part 3


Weekly Hope Conversation with Camille Williams on September 24, 2018.

Please visit the Weekly Hope with Kirsten Haglund page for other presentations.

Camille WilliamsAbout the Author: 

Camille Williams, MA, NCC, LCPC is the Eating Disorder Program Coordinator. She supports the development of curriculum, supervises the eating disorder specialist, and provides group therapy. She also educates and trains all staff on campus and advocates for eating disorder awareness through publications.

Camille started at Timberline Knolls as a Behavioral Health Specialist. She then transitioned into the Eating Disorder Specialist (EDS) role. In this position for nearly five years, she developed her skills and competence in working with the eating disorder population.

Camille received a Bachelor of Arts degree in both psychology and sociology from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. She then went on to earn a Master of Arts in Clinical Professional Psychology from Roosevelt University, IL.

Camille is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP).

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