Virtual services have become more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. Where previously clients had the option to see a provider virtually or face-to-face, it has now become the only way for many to receive mental health treatment at all. Even so, being the only option, virtual services, such as Virtual CBT, does not [...] Read More
Recovering from an eating disorder is like journeying through a labyrinth. The journey involves many unexpected twists and turns, but in the end, if you just keep going, you’ll make it to the other side. One of the most common twists people experience during recovery from anorexia nervosa (AN) is a relapse. And while it [...] Read More
The ways in which we forge a connection with others impacts every area of our lives, including our mental health. These attachment patterns can develop throughout any period of the lifespan and are often connected to the many familial, social, professional, and romantic relationships we encounter. In some cases, it can become an attachment disorder, [...] Read More
The way that we view our bodies and feel existing in them is of the utmost importance. Body image can influence our self-view, feelings of worth, and fulfillment with our lives and ourselves. A negative or toxic body image has implications that can vary from feeling uncomfortable in one’s skin to having low self-worth to [...] Read More
There are seasons of life that are more triggering to eating disorders, and some of these are just that – the season. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), as the National Institute of Mental Health explains, presents as “significant changes in your mood and behavior whenever the season changes that are “more serious and can affect how [...] Read More
Contributor: Norman Kim, Ph.D. – National Director of Reasons Eating Disorder Center When we think about some of the particular challenges of struggling with an eating disorder over the holidays, the first thing most people might think about is the food, and understandably so. Food is a central part of the holidays for all of [...] Read More
The COVID-19 pandemic has made online eating disorder treatment options a necessity. Aside from the need for social distancing, the pandemic has led to an increase in people that need professional support for their eating disorder . This is likely due to the amount of uncertainty, stress, and isolation that people are enduring right now. [...] Read More
Feeling a loss of control over eating behaviors is an important symptom that can help distinguish between eating disorder diagnoses. This specific symptom can be incredibly troubling, as the concept of control and either having it or not having it has moral implications in our culture. Many who experience loss-of-control experience increased feelings of shame [...] Read More
The holidays can be a source of joy and stress for people. This stress can be heightened for people with mental illnesses, including eating disorders. This is especially concerning for people with eating disorders since anxiety can intensify disordered behaviors . Whether the holidays are stressful because of the increased focus on food or having [...] Read More
Orthorexia Nervosa (ON) is a word that is less common than the behavior it defines. Literally translated to “correct eating,” the term refers to “having a pathological obsession in pursuit of a healthy diet” and is characterized by an “obsessive and pathological approach to eating what is perceived as “healthy .” What Characterizes Orthorexia Many [...] Read More
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