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October 12, 2022
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Facing My Eating Disorder in College

At the humane society where I worked in my 20s, I met a German Shepherd named Kayla who struggled with anxiety. She had been found as a stray on the streets of San Diego and was dropped off at the doors of the humane society by a good Samaritan. Every day, Kayla was terrified of walking down a particular hallway that led to our play yard. Perhaps it was the noise or the lighting, but…
October 06, 2022
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How to Support a Loved One with an Eating Disorder

If you have a loved one with an eating disorder, navigating how to best support them can be challenging. You don’t want to say the wrong thing, but you also know that you have to address it and not ignore it. Eating disorders are complicated and, at their core, they are brain-based illnesses that no one would choose. While you can’t force a person with an eating disorder to change, you can offer your support…
September 29, 2022
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What Kinds of Psychiatric Illness Co-Occur with Eating Disorders?

Although it can happen, most mental health disorders don’t happen by themselves. There are usually one or more other disorders occurring at the same time, in a phenomenon known as a dual diagnosis. Eating disorders are no different; they are listed in the DSM-V with other forms of psychiatric illnesses, and they tend to appear in conjunction with disorders like depression, OCD, and PTSD. Here’s we’ll explore some of the types of psychiatric illness that…
September 27, 2022
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Will College and Outpatient Recovery Work for Me?

Are you wondering if it’s possible to balance both school and outpatient treatment? The answer is yes! While college can be stressful, you don’t need to give up on getting the care that you need for your eating disorder. Understanding Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment Outpatient treatment is offered to individuals who would like to proceed with eating disorder recovery without staying in an overnight treatment center. This is an option for those who must work…
September 22, 2022
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Using Biofeedback to Treat Eating Disorders

What is biofeedback? Biofeedback is a tool used to practice self-regulation and can help improve anxiety, stress, sleep, mood, and more. There are several kinds of biofeedback, and at Walden Behavioral Care, we use heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback that helps you learn from your own nervous system. It’s an exciting new tool to help learn self-regulation skills and develop trust that these skills truly do make a difference. How does biofeedback work? During a…
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