Tag Archives: Anxiety

Soothing Stress and Anxiety Outside of Disordered Eating

Woman suffering from stress and anxiety Dysfunctional eating behaviors often arise due to a lack of positive self-soothing behaviors [1]. This is why it is important to learn tools in soothing stress and anxiety. Stressful moments will inevitably come our way. Failing to prepare for them in hopes they won’t only lead to further stress, increasing the temptation to engage in [...]
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How Often do Eating Disorders & Addiction Co-Occur in Teens?

teenager relapsing into Bulimia and standing on a hill Eating disorders and addictions tend to be commonly associated. In addition to addictive behaviors, compulsive eating patterns have been associated with high-risk substance abuse [1]. Some sufferers turn to alcohol and substances to manage and cope with overwhelming thoughts and emotions. According to the Eating Disorders Coalition, over 90% of those suffering from an eating [...]
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What Coping Tools Work for My Eating Disorder and Anxiety?

Woman throwing leaves to Focus on Life 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 [...]
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Grounding Techniques: How Can they Help in ED Recovery?

Girl struggling with eating disorder recovery Contributor: Theresa Braun, B.S., Research Assistant at  The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt Grounding is a type of therapeutic mindfulness tool often taught to individuals who struggle with trauma symptoms, such as flashbacks or dissociating.  Grounding techniques allow these individuals to cope safely with thoughts and emotions that can otherwise be disruptive or [...]
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Types of Anxiety and Their Relation to Eating Disorders

Woman thinking and struggling with anxiety It is commonly known that anxiety disorders and eating disorders (EDs) are often co-occurring. What is less known is that there are various forms of anxiety disorders, and each one interacts with eating disorders differently. The DSM-V emphasizes that anxiety shares characteristics of fear but is quick to differentiate that “fear is the emotional response [...]
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Managing Co-Occurring Food Addiction and Anxiety

Child struggling with ARFID Addiction can take many forms. Most commonly, we hear of addiction to alcohol and various substances, including illicit drugs, pharmaceuticals, and more. Many individuals may assume that food is not something that one can become addicted to; however, there are many characteristics and behaviors that are indicative of a food addiction. According to the Food [...]
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