The Rise of ARFID

African American child with ARFID You may have heard of the acronym, ARFID, but not know what it stands for. It is a lesser-known type of Eating Disorder, and it stands for Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. This disorder, by the name, is often thought of as a form of “picky-eating,” but it actually is much more complex than this. According [...]
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Setting Reasonable Expectations for Eating Disorder Recovery in 2020

attractive lady overcoming compulsive overeating Our culture is constantly chasing the concept of instant gratification. In fact, this is one of the factors that make an individual vulnerable to developing disordered eating patterns as a “quick fix” to achieve a certain appearance or resolve personal or mental health challenges. But, eating disorder recovery is not a “quick fix”. It is this [...]
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Defining Night Eating Syndrome Disorder

Black Woman thinking about child in Anorexia Recovery Many of us know the main eating disorder diagnoses – anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. However, beyond these, there are many disordered eating behaviors and potential diagnoses such as Night Eating Syndrome (NES) that are described under the “Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder” category of the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and [...]
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Emotion Regulation Challenges Among Teenage Girls Who Have Anorexia or Depression

Girl walking and struggling with Emotion Regulation Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center Given the physical, psychological, and social transformations that are characteristic of adolescence, it is not uncommon for a teen to experience temporary challenges related to healthy or appropriate emotion regulation strategies. For teenage girls who have developed anorexia nervosa or a depressive disorder, the likelihood that they [...]
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Infections and Eating Disorders? Cause and Correlation

Doctor talking to girl about Infections and Eating Disorders Is there a connection between viral infections and eating disorders? A recent study suggests that this is a strong possibility. Lauren Breithaupt, a clinical psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, partnered with Dr. Cynthia Bulik from the University of North Carolina and researchers in Denmark to explore the possibility. After looking at the health records of [...]
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DBT Skills and Calming the Anxious Mind

Woman with binge eating disorder seated by the river Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a mental health treatment methodology that has been around since psychologist Marsha Linehan developed it in the 1980s to treat Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Over time, it has become clear that this treatment is effective at treating BPD and so many other mental illnesses. Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a twist on [...]
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