Thanks to COVID-19, many of us are now working from home. And while some people may love the idea of working on the couch in their PJs, for others (especially for those in eating disorder recovery), working from home can be difficult. Here are five tips for staying in eating disorder recovery while working from [...] Read More
Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center Negative body image or poor body confidence can put adolescent girls at risk for numerous negative outcomes, including the development of eating disorders, depression, and other mental or behavioral health concerns. According to a 2018 study in the Journal of Eating Disorders, body dissatisfaction is “one of [...] Read More
Disordered exercise is one possible symptom of an eating disorder. This symptom is most common in individuals with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. While exercise is beneficial for mental and physical health, abuse of exercise can be physically and emotionally damaging . Some signs of disordered exercise include compulsive exercise (exercising even if sick or [...] Read More
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone’s life in one way or another. With the school year upon us, it’s created an entirely new normal for many students around the world. A June 2020 report revealed 97 percent of college students enrolled in a 4-year institution before March 1st of 2020 had switched to online instruction [...] Read More
Eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), binge eating disorder (BED), and others, have increased in prevalence over the past 25 years. While experts have discussed changes in ideal body image, manufactured foods, and obesity as root causes, these remain puzzling diseases of unknown, but complex bio-psycho-social etiology. Research has made amazing [...] Read More
It is a very human trait to believe that we are in complete control of our thoughts and behaviors. In reality, a situation will occur that results in an automatic thought, corresponding emotion, and subsequent behavior. We can gain control over this process. However, when dealing with emotional difficulties in eating disorders, it is an [...] Read More
The beliefs and thought bias that we have about ourselves, our bodies, and food begin taking shape early in life. Consider the rules you were given regarding food. What were you allowed to eat, and when was it acceptable to eat it? What messages did your parents give you about the purpose of food and [...] Read More
Living in a rural area has wonderful benefits of community, nature, and a slower pace. Unfortunately, there can also be drawbacks, and one of these is the challenge of receiving specialized treatment for more specific disorders, such as eating disorder support. Current treatment guidelines recommend a multi-faceted approach involving medical doctors, mental health specialists, and [...] Read More
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our society and disrupt our everyday lives, individuals struggling with disordered eating beliefs and behaviors report feeling more challenged than ever. The circumstances of COVID-19 have created a perfect storm of triggers for those already fighting for their lives and working toward harm reduction. Grocery shopping, which is [...] Read More
The link between shame and eating disorders Shame is a universal human emotion that has been defined as a painful self-conscious feeling characterized by a sense of being flawed, different, and defective. Shame can be either internal or external. Internal shame is experienced when a person has negative views about oneself (for example, “I think [...] Read More
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