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November 1, 2016  |  News

Athletes deal with eating disorders

Boston University cross country star Andrea Walkonen won her second straight America East title in 2008, her lithe five-foot, seven-inch frame gliding across the 5K finish line a clean 34 seconds ahead of her nearest opponent.

October 19, 2016  |  News

Running for Life

Elite long-distance runner David Proctor came to the United States ready to take on the world. At 18, the Briton had earned an exclusive athletics scholarship at Boston University—the first step to realizing his dream of Olympic glory.

October 5, 2016  |  News

Eating disorders: better addressed at specialized centers

Residential schools are designed to provide therapy and education for students with a range of behavioral and emotional issues as well as learning, psychological and psychiatric disorders. In the past, many of these schools also addressed eating disorders, but treatment for this condition appears to be moving away from the residential school setting.

September 16, 2016  |  News

Eating disorder conference brings experts together

As eating disorders and obesity have become major public health issues, the conference focuses on new knowledge, tools and strategies for eating disorders. These include anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and bariatric surgery.

September 16, 2016  |  News

New Hope for Binge Eating and Weight Management

A metabolic assessment is rarely integrated into a psychiatric evaluation. Many mental health professionals and psychiatrists are only beginning to understand how important nutrition may be for optimal brain function and mental health.

September 15, 2016  |  News

Hope Kept Me In Denial Of My Daughter’s Eating Disorder

Two years ago, I caught a glimpse of my 12-year-old daughter as she dashed past me on her way outside to workout. Wearing a tank top and shorts, she looked alarmingly long and lean. I asked my husband if he thought she looked thin and he replied, “Of course not, she has just grown taller.”

September 12, 2016  |  News

Guilford Eating Disorder Clinic Offers Help for Adolescents and Parents

Michelle was struggling emotionally when her issues with food began. Just 10 years old, her twin sister was battling cancer. Michelle felt like she couldn’t control anything, except her caloric intake. When she was 14, the Hartford-area girl lost an alarming amount of weight, dropping to 96 pounds.

August 10, 2016  |  News

The Growing Scourge of Cyberbullying

“In my practice treating hospitalized adolescents for severe depression and eating disorders, cyberbullying has become a more common precipitant of the downward spiral of self-injury and suicidal thoughts,” Dr Greenblatt told TechNewsWorld. “Parents are often unaware of the extent and duration of the bullying until the suicide attempt.”

August 8, 2016  |  News

RGH Opens Unit Dedicated to Eating Disorders

The 15,000-square-feet unit contains separate wings for adults and children, both of which include two-person bedrooms with full bathrooms.The beds are licensed to ECHN, but Walden will handle day-to-day patient care.

August 5, 2016  |  News

Inpatient Eating Disorder Center Opens At Rockville Hospital

Healthcare providers, community leaders and others celebrated the opening of the Walden Eating Disorders Center at Rockville Hospital, the first dedicated inpatient unit for treating adolescents and adults with eating disorders in Connecticut, during an open house Thursday night.

July 21, 2016  |  News

Eating Disorders: Crippling, Deadly – and Beatable

For many people, mealtimes are not always about the food. Maybe you’re talking with a family member or a date, maybe you’re absorbed in an episode of your favorite TV show, or maybe you’re just scarfing something down at your desk at work.

June 1, 2016  |  News

Eating Disorder Clinic Opens in Guilford

Individuals suffering from an eating disorder can now find specialized treatment closer to home. Walden Behavioral Care, the leading program for treating eating disorders, recently opened a new location in Guilford, making it the first specialized treatment center of its kind in the shoreline area.

May 23, 2016  |  News

Stressing Awareness of Eating Disorders Among College Students

College kids may be bringing home with them something more surprising than a tattoo. They may be homeward bound with an eating disorder that could have started earlier in high school, but resurfaced or worsened in college or one that never existed until they set foot on campus.

May 20, 2016  |  News

Walden Opens Clinic in Guilford, Conn.

During an open house at the new 6,000-square-foot clinic, Rebekah Bardwell Doweyko, assistant vice president of clinical operations, explained in an interview with News 8, WTNH, that the biggest barrier to recovery from an eating disorder is access to specialized care.

May 18, 2016  |  News

New Guilford Clinic Takes on Eating Disorders

With cases of eating disorders on a continuous rise since 1950, there is a growing need for treatment, both for adolescents and adults. Last week, Walden opened the first dedicated eating-disorders clinic in southeastern Connecticut at 157 Goose Lane.

April 18, 2016  |  News

Walden to Host Speaker Series at Worcester Clinic

This series will equip both providers and parents with the guidance to make a long-lasting impact on patients and loved ones,” according to Laura Roias, program director of Walden’s Worcester clinic.

April 1, 2016  |  News

Walden Behavioral Tackling Eating Disorder Treatment

“I’ll be blunt yet honest: eating disorders are life-threatening. They have the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric illnesses” said Walden’s president and CEO Stuart Koman. “Unfortunately, the general public – and even many in the healthcare community – grossly undervalues the devastating gravity and prevalence of eating disorders”.

March 1, 2016  |  News

A Yoga Sequence to Train Your Brain to Relax

Twice a week, yoga teacher Amy Lawson drives through the gates of Walden Behavioral Care clinic for disordered eating 
in South Windsor, Connecticut, clears the tables and chairs from a conference room, and leads small classes of recovering patients through a gentle hour-long practice. With rare exception, all of her students—female or male, young or old, and from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds—are moody, withdrawn, and showing classic signs of stress and anxiety.

March 1, 2016  |  News

Specialists Tackle Myths at Eating Disorder Awareness Week

“When you think of eating disorders, what are some of the things that come to mind?” asked panelist Rebekah Doweyko, Program Director of Walden Behavioral Care in South Windsor, Conn. Wesleyan University students in the audience had a variety of answers.

February 10, 2016  |  News

Waltham Clinic Expands Footprint, Targets Eating Disorders Among Athletes

“Studies show that athletes are two-to-three times more likely than the average person to have an eating disorder,” said Emily Slager, program director of the Waltham clinic. Walden’s newly launched Goals program offers group and individualized counseling and nutrition guidance for patients in a three-night-a-week outpatient setting.

January 22, 2016  |  News

New Clinic for Eating Disorders to Open in Guilford

In April, Walden Behavioral Care will open a second location in Connecticut to treat people – adolescents and adults – who suffer from an eating disorder. The 2-story, 6000 square foot clinic will be located in Guilford on Goose Lane.

January 8, 2016  |  News

Clinic for Treating Eating Disorders to Open in Guilford

Walden announced today that it plans to open its second clinic in Connecticut in April 2016 at 157 Goose Lane. The two-story, 6,000 square foot clinic is the first in the area to offer dedicated treatment for both males and females, adolescents and adults.

January 1, 2016  |  News

Provider Profile: Renee Bazinet Nelson

“I think what’s still lacking is a full understanding of eating disorders and the emotional struggles that go along with the illness. I think we have a lot to learn as a culture about that, but I do think the awareness that it’s a mental illness that’s treatable, and worth treating, is on the rise.”

November 9, 2015  |  News

A Conversation About Eating Disorders

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, Walden visited Clark University to join a discussion with representatives from its Center for Counseling and Personal Growth (CPG), Residential Life and Housing (RLH) regarding eating disorders on campus and within the larger community.

November 1, 2015  |  News

Is There A Connection Between Binge Eating And Anxiety?

Binge eating and anxiety go together more often than you might think. People with binge eating disorder (BED) experience recurring episodes of binging. People with BED eat large amounts of food and feel a loss of control over eating. People with anxiety disorders experience frequent worries or fear about everyday situations. They may have panic attacks, which are intense and concentrated spells of anxiety.

October 9, 2015  |  News

Mobile App at Walden Monitors Recovery

Walden Behavioral Care of Waltham, which provides inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient care for patients with eating disorders, is using the mobile health platform Recovery Record, which can be used on an iPhone, iPad or Android and enables patients and their providers to continuously monitor progress.