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Waiting for a Loved One to Hit Bottom – Fact or Fiction

November 28, 2017

Having attended thousands of twelve-step meetings in my life, I could not even begin to count the number of times I have heard individuals talk about “hitting bottom.”

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Peer Support for Eating Disorders: Does it Work?

November 20, 2017

Project HEAL has grown tremendously over the past few years, primarily due to the grassroots growth of our chapters – people from all over the country at different stages of eating disorder recovery.

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Having a Relationship While In Eating Disorder Recovery

November 17, 2017

Eating disorders can have a fundamental impact on relationships.   It can be destructive, harmful, lashing out and limiting.  All relationships require energy, time, commitment, and a give and take approach.  In those with eating disorders, energy levels are already low, and focus […]

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Woman in battling bulimia nervosa recovery

How to Reverse Dental Damage Caused by Bulimia Nervosa

November 15, 2017

There are various side effects that occur when a person is struggling with bulimia nervosa. One of these is dental damage and enamel erosion. When an individual is binging and purging, the acidity from the bile that comes up affects […]

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Woman eating, not overeating

Overeating: What if My Brain Loves to Eat?

October 20, 2017

We’ve all been there – you find something you enjoy eating and, next thing you know, you’ve devoured it until you’re uncomfortably over-stuffed. It seems obvious that this behavior likely occurs because we love the food we’re eating so much. […]

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Woman who eats vegan holding an avacado

When Veganism and ED Symptoms Overlap: Is It Disordered?

October 14, 2017

Veganism is becoming an increasingly popular lifestyle, with prevalence more than doubling in 3 years from 1% of the US population to 2.5% as of 2013 [1]. As with anything heavily focused on food, it is important to discuss the […]

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Woman struggling with eating disorders and shame

The Many Different Roles of Shame in Eating Disorders

October 12, 2017

Shame is generally viewed as an emotion of self-comparison. As Theodore Roosevelt famously stated, “Comparison is the thief of joy,” and this is certainly true of shame as well. More broadly defined, shame “involves a fear or expectation of eliciting […]

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Woman smelling a flower considering treatment programs

The Difference Between IOP and PHP Eating Disorder Programs

October 11, 2017

Knowing which treatment level is right for you means knowing the different level options at treatment centers.  Intensive outpatient program (IOP) and partial hospitalization (PHP) are different options from which a person can choose.  Goals can vary by program, but typically goals […]

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Woman laying in grass, struggling with chewing and spitting disorder

Chewing and Spitting – Do I have an Eating Disorder?

October 11, 2017

In the realm of eating disorders, there are many behaviors that, while troublesome and harmful, may not be viewed as a disorder because they have no DSM diagnosis. However, one study points out that “eating disorders are characterized by abnormal […]

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Woman struggling with an eating disorder in a restaurant

What to Expect During Restaurant Outings in ED Treatment

October 9, 2017

So, you’ve been in eating disorder treatment for what feels like forever! You’ve found your own voice, reignited your passion for life, and are steadily moving closer to recovery each day. Your treatment team suggests that the time is right […]

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