Dysfunctional eating behaviors often arise due to a lack of positive self-soothing behaviors . 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 [...] Read More
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 . 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 [...] 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
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 [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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