Adolescents Blog Posts

4 Helpful Reminders if Your Child is Refusing Eating Disorder Treatment

While you are probably well aware that your child needs eating disorder treatment, they are pulling out all of the stops to prevent you from making them go. Here are some helpful strategies to consider when your child is refusing to attend eating disorder treatment.

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5 Ways to Help Your Child Develop a Healthy Body Image

How do we ensure that our children have a positive relationship with food and in turn with their natural body size and shape?

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Family-Based Treatment (FBT) for Eating Disorders: 5 Things You Didn’t Know

In working with adolescents living with eating disorders and their families, I am continually amazed to see the power of Family Based Treatment in uniting families during what is otherwise an incredibly challenging time. Here are some facts you may not know about Family-Based Treatment

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Some Truths about School-Based Eating Disorder Prevention

Eating disorders are serious, impacting millions of school-aged youth across America. Like any mental health condition, they warrant honest and sometimes uncomfortable conversations. But these discussions help.

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A Mom’s Candid View on Body Image

I hope the young girl’s mother knows that her beautiful smile is what her daughter will remember, not her clothing size.

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Raising Competent Eaters: What Parents Can Do

Every parent wants to see their child succeed, in school, athletics, the arts and socially. We want our children to be competent; competent students, competent drivers and competent decision-makers. It is also a parent’s job to raise competent eaters.

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What’s Behind the Troubling Rise in Suicide Among Female Teenagers?

Walden Behavioral Care’s new whitepaper, “Behind the Curtain: 4 Factors Contributing to the Alarming Rise in US Suicides,” dives into these areas in more detail – offering specific suggestions for health care providers, parents and loved ones to minimize the risk with each.

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There’s No Shame In The Resting Game

Adequate rest is vital for mental health, learning and overall wellness. If we don’t make good sleep a priority, we risk a multitude of health issues, including the most common problems we see in individuals with eating disorders.

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Eating Disorders In The News

It seems like eating disorders have become a popular topic lately. There have been countless news stories depicting eating disorders in teens, parents, athletes etc. Catch up on the most recent ones listed below.

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Self Harm: What Is It And What To Do If You Suspect Someone Might Be Self-Injurying

The term self-injury, sometimes interchanged with the terms self-harm, self-mutilation or cutting, is the act of intentionally harming oneself, often repeatedly.  Many people equate self-injury with cutting. But the truth is self-injury also encompasses less obvious ways that we think of harming oneself, including reckless driving or binge drinking for example.

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How Dads Can Help Foster Positive Body Image In Their Daughters

Think dads have nothing to do with how their daughters see themselves?  Think again.  According to recent research at Charles Stuart University in Newcastle, Australia psychologist John Toussaint surveyed women diagnosed with eating disorders about their perceptions of their fathers and their relationship to them.  He found that 42% of the women between the ages of 37 and 55 had over protective fathers, while 36% had distant fathers. Only one in five women had fathers that would be classified as caring parents.

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Express Yourself: Art Therapy’s Impact On Eating Disorder Recovery

People don’t choose to have an eating disorder. There are many biological, psychological, and sociological factors that play a role in the development of an eating disorder, and recovery from an eating disorder can be difficult, but it is possible to achieve a full and sustained recovery.

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The Importance Of The Outpatient Treatment Team In ED Recovery

Whether you’re just starting to consider that you might have a problem with eating, you’re newly diagnosed with an eating disorder, or you’ve struggled for years, the benefits of working with an outpatient treatment team cannot be underestimated. Finding a team can be confusing and frustrating, so if you’re just starting out, where do you begin? How do you find outpatient providers? What do they do?

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Family-Based Treatment: Does The Sibling Have A Voice?

When an adolescent is struggling with an eating disorder, it can affect the whole family. Often times, there are siblings within the family system that are impacted by their brother or sister (biological or not) who they see struggling. In some families, the eating disorder may be discussed openly, and in others it may not. When clients enter treatment, what is evident is that there is a change in structure and routine for the entire family.

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Could The Pressure To Be Perfect Cause Adolescent Eating Disorders?

Many of the parents that bring their teen to treatment at Walden often ask, “Why did my child get an eating disorder?” Some parents wonder if the many pressures that teens face on a daily basis contribute to the development of their child’s eating disorder. Unfortunately, there is not one simple answer or cause. Eating disorders are complex and best explained by using a biopsychosocial model when approaching both cause and treatment.

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Adolescent Home-Based Eating Disorder Care

Walden Behavioral Care is now offering home-based eating disorder care to adolescents and their families in the Waltham and Worcester areas.  The treatment will address the needs of children and adolescents 10-17 years of age who suffer with anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder,  Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED), and Avoidant / Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID).  To give you an overview of the program, we decided to interview Renee Bazinet Nelson, Psy. D., the director of Walden’s adolescent services and one of the creators of the home-based care program.

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What Are We So Afraid Of?

Upwards of twenty million women and ten million men suffer from a clinically – significant eating disorder in the United States at some point in their lives, according to the National Eating Disorder Association.

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School Lunch Plates Around The World: How Does The U.S. Stack Up?

March is National Nutrition Month. Nutrition can have many meanings to different people, but the bottom line is that the human body runs on what we put into it. On Friday, March 6th Walden’s South Windsor clinic dietitian, Bridget Hastings, MS, RD, CD-N, spoke with high school students about what proper nutrition looks like for a growing adolescent.

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