Every parent is in a constant fight to protect their children, whether it be from playground scrapes to broken hearts. But, as the world changes, so do the dangers that can reach today’s youth. One of those dangers is disordered eating. Approximately 3% of U.S. adolescents are affected by an eating disorder . EDs are [...] Read More
A positive body image consists of several various factors. A person with positive body image has a sense of acceptance, respect, and control of their body. Overall, a healthy body image is the ability to recognize and accept one’s body shape and size. Unfortunately, a person’s belief about their appearance and how they feel about their body, [...] Read More
Bulimia and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) frequently occur together, primarily when a stressful or traumatic event occurs. Reactions can be overwhelming, and cause distress to the point of emotional impairment, dysfunction to daily life, and physical problems . The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) states that trauma varies from person-to-person and reactions depend [...] Read More
Working with a therapist can help reduce eating disorder behaviors and symptoms, and get you moving toward recovery. One way therapists work on reducing symptoms is through Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT). What It Is ACT helps individuals to reduce eating disordered thoughts, feelings, and symptoms. The focus is typically on what the person can control, [...] Read More
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a type of therapy that is used to treat mental health conditions to include eating disorders. It works to help individuals learn healthy, adaptive ways to regulate emotions, analyze and restructure behaviors that are a result of emotional dysregulation and focuses on increasing mindfulness, and tolerate distress . It’s Origins [...] Read More
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based practice that has been used for decades to treat mental health conditions and more recently, eating disorders. Initially, it was designed for the treatment of depression and anxiety but is currently used more widely with other mental issues. CBT: What It Is There are three phases of treatment [...] Read More
Recovery happens over a duration of years. It can be a challenge to enter real-life after treatment to overcome an eating disorder. Signs of Relapse Eating disorder relapse can be a slow progression. It may begin with fleeting thoughts of food, dieting, or weight. Being dishonest with the treatment team, or a fear that you [...] Read More
97% of dieters regain all of the weight they lose within three years . Further, losing weight doesn’t actually improve health biomarkers such as blood pressure, fasting glucose, or triglyceride levels . Despite these facts, diet fads continue to exist, now adapting to the new “health and wellness” movement by calling diets “lifestyle changes.” It’s [...] Read More
Tolerating uncomfortable emotions can be difficult at times. It is about being able to identify feelings, process them, and coping with them as they arise. Often our society teaches us to push down negative emotions and show only positive ones. We are taught that certain emotions are not appropriate to share or express. Being unable [...] Read More
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