Everyone knows the trope of a child that is a “picky eater.” What is less known is that these seemingly harmless and age-appropriate behaviors can, at times, interfere with nourishments and daily life to the point that it becomes a disordered eating behavior called ARFID. The Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental [...] Read More
Anorexia and marriage do not mix well. As you know, Anorexia Nervosa is a mental health disorder that affects one’s interpersonal abilities in a variety of ways. The disorder is a maladaptive coping mechanism an individual utilizes to handle/manage unwanted emotions. The individual restricts their food intake as a means of either numbing, controlling, or [...] Read More
There are certain mental illnesses that often overlap or are found in the same individual as distinct disorders. Anorexia and OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) are two mental health disorders that have many similar features and a strong comorbidity, meaning that they often co-occur in the same individual. Link Between Anorexia and OCD Why do they often [...] Read More
Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center Binge eating is a behavior that is relatively common on certain occasions within our society, such as holiday gatherings and preparatory meals before marathons or other sporting events. However, this behavior can easily evolve into a diagnosable mental health condition called binge eating disorder. So, what is [...] Read More
I can vividly remember the moment in college where I acknowledged my eating disorder to my entire sorority. It was also a step for sororities and eating disorders to not be synonymous. We were doing a bonding exercise, and when it was my turn to speak, my heart and gut told me this was a [...] Read More
Irene is the Clinical Director for Willow House at Meadows Behavioural Health in Arizona. Years of experience in counseling and administration has deepened her understanding of, and passion for, people who struggle with trauma and addiction. Irene has expertise in the areas of sex addiction; love addiction; relationship and intimacy issues; victims of domestic sex [...] Read More
Entering residential eating disorder treatment can be so frightening and create a whirlwind of emotions, doubts, fears, and concerns. One of the scariest parts can be the worry about what comes after. You may be thinking, “I fought so hard to get to the point where I could acknowledge a problem and come here…to weight restore…to [...] Read More
Over the past two years, former UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi twice “broke the internet” with stunning floor routines and an infectious personality. But that’s not all. She’s brought more attention to a struggle many athletes face—negative body image. To hear that elite athletes struggle with body image may come as a surprise. Many people watch [...] Read More
Contributor: Shelby White, LCSW, RYT – Therapist at Fairhaven Treatment Center Eating disorders are more than a set of behaviors toward food. In fact, looking at eating behaviors as a way to soothe and regulate deep emotional pain or get one’s deep relational needs met can be key in treating them. Likewise, research is more [...] Read More
A group of researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia, asked an interesting question about anorexia and exercise: do people with anorexia nervosa recognize or admit how much they are exercising?  As a therapist working in eating disorders since 2003, I learned long ago that many individuals with a diagnosis of anorexia find [...] Read More
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