Did you know that a form of extreme picky eating is now considered a feeding disorder as described in the DSM-5? Learn more about this relatively new condition in this VLOG!
Picky eating and avoidant restrictive food intake disorder can have many similarities - which can make it very difficult for caregivers and providers to understand when medical and/or psychological intervention is appropriate. Here are some marked differences in both conditions, which can help to diagnose ARFID so that individuals can get the necessary support.
This can definitely be a hectic, overwhelming and stressful time of year. If you are currently living with or have a history of an eating disorder, let’s talk about some basic guidelines to help you manage the holiday season like a boss!
Children with eating disorders have differing needs, experience the world differently and respond to certain therapies in different ways. Here are some ways with which the treatment of pediatric eating disorders should differ from adolescent treatment.
There are many important distinctions between goals and resolutions. Check out our Facebook Live discussion to learn more!
Loved ones can be an instrumental support system in helping to ease concerns and reduce anxiety this holiday season. If you’re wondering how exactly you can help, here are some tips that have proven beneficial for the loved ones of someone struggling with an eating disorder.
Whether down the road or hundreds of miles away, parents can remain invaluable advocates and support systems for their child struggling with an eating disorder while also transitioning to college.
If someone battling with or those having survived from cancer are heroes (which they are) – why shouldn’t those battling, or those having recovered from a mental illness be considered heroes too?
Did you know that Oct. 4 -10 is Mental Health Awareness Week? That’s right, this awareness week began in 1990 when the U.S. Congress recognized the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for all of their work to educate and increase awareness around mental illness. This year, to commemorate this event, NAMI created web and social media initiatives to help break down the facts and figures around mental illnesses.
“During your cancer treatment, you have no control over your body — you give up your body to your doctor,” said Kathleen Emmets. “You are willing to do it because you want to live. Food restriction is the one thing that you can do to have some sense of control when everything is chaotic.”
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.
What if you are a student who is struggling with an eating disorder, but you don't want to admit it? To those students who are not struggling, it might seem obvious that they would reach out for help. There may however, be a plethora of reasons holding this person back from seeking help. If you are college student struggling with an eating disorder, hopefully after reading the common anxieties that often deter college students from seeking treatment, you will feel more encouraged to find yourself the help you deserve.
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.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and it is important to educate our friends, families as well as our communities around this serious subject. Mental health seems to be more visible in the media in recent months stemming from tragedies of celebrities and students across the country. Deaths like that of comedian and actor Robin Williams sparked the conversation of people everywhere to start talking about mental illness, it’s impact on individuals with mental health problems and the stigma that surrounds mental illness. Here are some statistics that show the prevalence of mental health issues.
According to the National Eating Disorder Association, about 30% of individuals with an eating disorder have been abused at some point in their lifetime. This is only a measure of individuals who know that what they’ve experienced is abuse, and that they are willing to disclose it. It is likely that this percentage is much higher as many folks do not believe that abuse can be verbal, emotional, physical, and sexual. Furthermore, some men and women do not know, or do not believe, that they have the right to say no to anyone, including a domestic partner or spouse. Nevertheless, this statistic shows us that three out of 10 of those admittedly struggling with an eating disorder have also disclosed trauma.
It took all of my inner strength and courage to come out and admit that...I have an eating disorder. When I say it, my voice lowers, almost to a whisper because it's embarrassing and it's not something I want to share or talk about. When I finally came to understand and realize what was going on I used to say to myself, "It's just a problem I have and I'll have to deal with it for the rest of my life."
March is National Social Work Month and 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of the National Association of Social Workers. To commemorate this event and to honor this profession, Walden choose to interview, Jennifer Rego, one of our social workers, to find out more about the professional of social work, the job responsibilities associated with the position and the rewards of the job.
My stress level was high at the office and I was on edge. During this time, Ed was loud and I was having difficulty getting him to shut up, so I was more frustrated, anxious and vulnerable than usual. One evening, Rachel and I got into a fight over something stupid and we ended up parting ways, one upstairs and one downstairs. I was angry and hurt, and Ed took that opening and ran with it.