A Journey Through Eating Disorders Support & Recovery

Juggling Priorities: Navigating Eating Disorder Treatment & Extracurriculars

Your child starts exhibiting the signs of an eating disorder. You contact an eating disorder treatment center for help and receive a level of care recommendation that fits their needs. But you are unsure whether treatment is the right choice for your child at the moment. After all, they’ve made commitments to various groups, clubs, and sports—all activities that seem…
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November 15, 2023
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What Is Rumination Disorder? 

Rumination disorder (rumination syndrome) is an eating and feeding disorder in which food is involuntarily regurgitated into the mouth. In general, eating disorders encompass a spectrum of mental illnesses that affect an individual’s feeding, eating, and exercise habits. Though it may seem unlikely, rumination disorder is closely linked to the brain. Unlike traditional gastrointestinal (GI) conditions, rumination disorder is categorized…
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November 07, 2023
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A Guide to Children and Eating Disorders

An eating disorder is a serious health condition that can impact anyone regardless of gender, race, background, and even age. Although it’s often thought that eating disorders occur mostly in young adults, it is possible and increasingly common for children and teens to experience eating disorders as well. This article will help you better understand eating disorders among children and…
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October 28, 2023
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Understanding the Relationship Between Eating Disorders and OCD

Almost all types of mental health conditions are more common among people who have an eating disorder. These conditions are often referred to as “co-occurring disorders.” One co-occurring disorder that has drawn a lot of attention from researchers and the public is obsessive-compulsive disorder. The relationship between eating disorders and OCD can be complicated, making it more difficult to treat…
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October 26, 2023
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A Deeper Look At Social Media and Eating Disorders

Social media platforms have a wide range of connections to our mental health. At the most simplistic level, apps like Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok have a major impact on human behavior. In many ways, it’s in our nature as a social species to yearn for any type of interaction, and the networks formed on social media apps become part of…
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October 03, 2023
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What Happens When I Call An Eating Disorder Helpline?

It can be overwhelming and isolating to struggle with an eating disorder. Disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder can be difficult to manage on your own. That’s why it’s important to reach out for help if you or a loved one is experiencing signs and symptoms of an eating disorder. Helplines are often the first…
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September 28, 2023
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Using HAES Principles to Help Treat Patients with “Atypical” Anorexia

Body weight and body mass index (BMI), while inaccurate and inappropriate for many reasons, are still used to indicate the presence and severity of an eating disorder. (1) This approach is not weight inclusive and can lead to misdiagnosis in those with "atypical" anorexia nervosa (AAN) who often present with “normal” or “above normal” body weight. (2) The Health at…
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September 25, 2023
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How Body Image Fits Into Eating Disorder Treatment

Many eating disorder symptoms have to do with bodies: being preoccupied with your body, going to great lengths to change it, having a distorted sense of what it looks like. Given that, it would be reasonable to assume that eating disorder treatment would focus on body image issues right upfront—but this isn’t the case. In evidence-based eating disorder treatment, body…
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September 14, 2023
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Eating Disorders, Suicide, & Shame

CW: Mentions of Suicide Pretty much anyone who knows me also knows that I've recovered from an eating disorder. As an eating disorder therapist, I’d shout it from the rooftops if I could! Why? Because in the midst of my eating disorder, I felt ashamed of who I was and felt like there was no way out. I thought a…
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September 13, 2023
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The Connection Between Insecure Attachment Styles and Eating Disorders

Eating disorders, like many mental illnesses, can make you feel isolated and alone. It can be difficult to know how to connect with your loved ones or truly let in support. Having trouble relating to others can be a common experience. In fact, there’s an entire theory that helps explain it. Attachment styles describe the different patterns people have when…
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September 03, 2023
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