I was naturally a shy, introverted child. Add in an abusive environment, a mother with severe mental illness, substance abuse, and an early battle with eating disorders, and my shyness was lit on fire. Turning inward to the extreme and developing depression, playdates in my room with stencils, colored pencils and drawing pads were my [...] Read More
Christie Begnell of Australia recently released a book of illustrations that is gaining popularity within the global eating disorder community. In “Me and My ED,” Begnell personifies her eating disorder as a monster, using her artwork and clever accompanying text to drive home the intensity and manipulation of eating disorders. This book is wildly relatable [...] Read More
Drama therapy is defined as “the use of creative arts in a therapeutic setting .” It can be done in a group setting or individually, but is used most often in group settings. Drama therapy can be conducted within the group setting by a trained, professional therapist. They are usually certified in both in mental [...] Read More
Contributor: Rachel Wagner-Cantine, LCPC, BC-DMT, Mood Program Coordinator and Dance/Movement Therapist, Timberline Knolls Residental Treatment Center Although co-occurring disorders may manifest differently and require different diagnostic criteria, ultimately, they are interrelated. The disorders stem from a deeper dissonance or conflict. Whether a past traumatic experience, a disrupted attachment, or an emotional imbalance, the symptoms and [...] Read More
Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC, Director of Content and Social Media at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope When it comes to art, many of us have different ideas of what defines this concept. We tend to think of it more as something to be observed or appreciated, but how can the creation of art serve [...] Read More
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