Orthorexia Nervosa (ON) is a reasonably new eating disorder that is becoming more common and more well-known. Many compare this disorder to Anorexia Nervosa (AN) as they have a few overlapping symptoms. However, it is essential to be aware that both need to be considered different disorders and approached as such when it comes to [...] Read More
Anorexia nervosa and orthorexia nervosa can and often confused with each other. There are some similarities to both disorders, but there are also many differences. Knowing the signs, symptoms, and differences of each disorder can help determine if you or a loved one is struggling with either disorder. Orthorexia Defined Unfortunately, orthorexia is not recognized [...] Read More
Those with eating disorders have all types of body shape and sizes. Too often the media portrays the image of beauty as thin . In reality, many individuals who do struggle with anorexia do not appear to be underweight or malnourished. For many eating disorders are a way to cope with situations that feel uncontrollable. [...] Read More
Recovering from an eating disorder takes many things. Often identifying triggers, stressors, and unhealthy behaviors is a significant part of the therapeutic process. Recovery is Broad First, there is physical recovery where it is normalization of the physical consequences of the eating disorder . For those with anorexia, it is about medical stabilization and weight [...] Read More
Eleanor Roosevelt once said that “the most important word in the English language is hope” . How powerful hope can be! Hope the ability to connect us all to each other around a common cause. We find hope in many places, people and events. David Speigel researched the use of support group therapy and its [...] Read More
Inpatient can be a scary experience if going for the first time for anorexia nervosa treatment. Within the first week, it will take some time to adjust to a new routine, meetings, and group setting. Often within the first week, there are parts of inpatient that you may not expect. Typically in inpatient, your weight [...] Read More
Coping skills are helpful in the recovery process. When someone with anorexia nervosa has a comorbid diagnosis of anxiety, often the phrase ‘coping skills’ can seem unhelpful. While working with your therapist, it is important to remember that how you cope with your symptoms can determine the rate of your progress while in treatment. Coping [...] Read More
No matter how much information is generated on eating disorders and co-occurring disorders, there will never be a one-size-fits-all treatment for the disorders. Researchers and clinicians can share those approaches and tools that work most of the time, but, just as every person is different, so are their disorders and the treatments that will help [...] Read More
Adolescents experiencing an eating disorder (ED) are often diagnosed with co-occurring mood disorders, particularly depression. In fact, research estimates that 23-48% of adolescents with an ED have comorbid depression . Additionally, approximately 11% of adolescents with anorexia nervosa (AN), and 50% with bulimia nervosa (BN) will experience depressive symptoms in conjunction with their ED symptoms. [...] Read More
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