Mental Health Blog Posts

What the World Needs Now is Kindness

It’s okay to feel, “Not Very Okay at All.” Just make sure that you aren’t feeling it alone. Talk to a friend, reach out to a teacher or call a hotline. Even though you may not always feel like it, there are a lot of people who care for you and want to help.

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Eating Disorders & LGBTQ Community: Treatment Best Practices

Inclusive treatment environments – built on knowledge, respect, empathy and understanding for everyone – are imperative. Based on my work as an eating disorder specialist, and my own experience as a member of the LGBTQ community, I’d like to share a few tips for those working with the LGBTQ community.

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Pica Syndrome: What You Should Know About The Strange Urge To Eat Things That Aren’t Food

Dr. James M. Greenblatt of Walden Behavioral Care Center in Massachusetts talked with LittleThings to break down the key facts surrounding this highly unusual condition.

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Why Are Male Athletes at Risk for Eating Disorders?

Athletes are 2-3 times more likely than the average individual to develop an eating disorder, making male athletes a vulnerable subgroup. So why are male athletes at risk? Here are five reasons to consider.

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How to Reduce Stress This Holiday Season – Without Using Food

If you often find yourself using food as a way to deal with overwhelming feelings, we’re here to help bring some positive change this holiday season. Learn new and more adaptive ways to better manage behavior urges and more healthfully face this season’s triggers.

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6 Unhelpful Beliefs People May Have About Eating Disorder Treatment (and How to Challenge Them)

In my work as an eating disorder professional, I often hear unrealistic expectations, baseless rumors or frankly inaccurate myths about eating disorder treatment that have been powerful enough to prevent many from seeking the help they need.

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Is Bulimia Genetic?

Our exact understanding of the intersection between genetics and eating disorders continues to evolve and there is still a need for more answers and clarity. Some notable research, however hints at the magnitude of this relationship.

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Eating Disorder Recovery: 5 Songs to Keep You Focused

Music can play a major role in eating disorder treatment AND recovery; here are some of my favorite tunes that can help you through the not-so-great days!

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6 Tips for Parents of Children Heading to College with an Eating Disorder History

If you’re apprehensive about your child going back to school, here are some steps you can take to help ensure continued recovery success, and hopefully, ease some of your anxieties!

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Meet Louisa Howell – Ambassador of Hope (VLOG)

Louisa Howell is the adult mental health counselor at Walden Behavioral Care’s Peabody clinic where she has been since it opened almost 3 years ago! 

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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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Eating Disorders & LGBTQ Community: Treatment Best Practices

Inclusive treatment environments for all communities, including the LGBTQ population, are imperative. Based on my work as an eating disorder specialist, and my own experience as a member of the LGBTQ community, here are a few tips for providers and friends/family.

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I Totally Get How You’re Feeling: The Power of Validation and Why Everyone Needs It

In eating disorder treatment, validation is used in a variety of ways. We use it to demonstrate the value of one’s feelings and to help ignite communication and connectedness that those with eating disorders often lack.

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8 Myths About Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder is an often misunderstood disorder that flies under the radar, lacking proper awareness among those personally impacted, their loved ones and even the healthcare community. Here are some common myths around this complex condition.

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13 Reasons Why We Need to Talk About It

The question for all of us as providers, relatives or as friends remains: how can we help our loved ones and students/clients/patients access proper mental health treatment and support prior to feeling as though they have no other option? Our answer: We can all become better informed and we must not be afraid to have these conversations. Awareness PLUS action is powerful.

Our answer: We can all become better informed and we must not be afraid to have these conversations. Awareness PLUS action is powerful.

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Are Eating Disorders A Choice?

Eating disorders are like rip currents. They highjack our instincts, alter our primal signals for survival and change our behavior.

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5 Ways Pediatric Eating Disorder Treatment Differs From Adolescent Treatment

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.

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What is the Latest Eating Disorder Research?

Recent months have brought some exciting research developments related to eating disorders. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights!

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Being Here Now: Why Mindfulness Matters

Regardless of the way in which mindfulness is practiced, it can be extremely beneficial. Here are a few of the many ways!

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Getting Help For an Eating Disorder: 4 Ways to Get Started

If your own thoughts and behaviors around food and weight have become unmanageable, knowing where and how to seek support can be difficult or overwhelming. Here are some steps and resources to get you started.

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Facebook Live: 5 Goals to Work Toward Achieving in 2017

There are many important distinctions between goals and resolutions. Check out our Facebook Live discussion to learn more!

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2016 Reflections: Making Innovative Eating Disorder Treatment More Accessible

Recovery truly does takes a village and we are humbled to be an integral part in the journeys of our patients and their families.

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Eating Disorders & the Holidays: 5 Tips to Support Your Loved One

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.

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Finding a Moving Place

The number on the scale does not necessarily paint a helpful picture for overall health. In thinking about physical movement for the mind and body, we need not measure our success in pounds, but how we feel and where we are in achieving the goals we’ve created for ourselves–not the goals that society tells us we should have.

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#YouAreAGift

Join Aly Raisman and Walden Behavioral Care as we refocus the narrative of the holidays back to what the season is meant to represent: togetherness and the power of giving.

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Ambassadors of Hope: Meet Danielle Flanigan

Danielle Flanigan
Mental Health Counselor, Walden Behavioral Care – Worcester Clinic

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What I’ve Learned About Eating Disorder Recovery

I’ve learned a lot about eating disorder recovery in the last few years. One of the most important lesson that I’ve learned is that recovery is not linear. There is no “right” way to recover and certainly no “how-to” guide.

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10 Ways to Make Exercise a Win-Win

Exercise has many internal benefits that should never be ignored. If you are having a hard time navigating your relationships with exercise, check out some of these tips to keep exercise a win-win!

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Bariatric Surgery and Binge Eating Disorder: The Risks Vs. Rewards

While weight loss surgeries have proven to be effective and appropriate for many, what some candidates for weight loss surgery, and even the medical professionals working with them may fail to consider is the very real, and even common possibility of an underlying eating disorder.

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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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Why Our Gym And Fitness Cultures Need Attitude Adjustments

In gyms across America, the biggest barometer for success are marked by external physical indicators– fat burned, pounds lost and waist sizes dropped – without adequate regard to mental health or internal physical benefits.

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For Anyone Battling A Mental Illness: You’re A Hero Too

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?

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Five Valentines You’ll Want To Receive This Weekend

I’m here to tell you that you are deserving of love. Here are some Valentines that I think we all would all be happy to receive this Sunday.

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The Surprising Effects Of Poor Body Image

Do people feel badly about their bodies because they’re overweight, or are they overweight because they feel badly about their bodies? This question reminds me of that unsolvable quip involving the chicken and the egg. Does anyone actually have an answer as to which came first?

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7 Awesome Mental Health Apps You Should Be Using

There are many applications (apps) out there that can aid with symptom management of or recovery from a mental health disorder. Choosing an app might even feel overwhelming and that’s not the purpose of these tools! I have made a select list of some of the eating disorder/mental health apps available. Remember everyone is unique so take time, do your homework and find the app or apps that work best for you!

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Five Mental Health Lessons We Can Learn From Martin Luther King Junior

While Martin Luther King Junior was a brave and profoundly brilliant advocate in the African American civil rights movement, I think it is important today, and everyday, to reflect on his teachings in a way that resonates with each of us individually. Being that this is a mental health blog, I thought it useful to relate MLK’s preachings of tolerance and support for the whole person to those who have been touched by a mental illness.

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Warning: The Most Dangerous Word In Mental Health

My disdain for the word “or” came in fourth grade when I took my first True OR False exam in Science. “True or false, the world has people in it,” the test question mused. “Well,” I thought to myself, “it is true that the world has people in it, but it also has animals and trees and insects…that must mean the answer is false…but the answer couldn’t be false because there ARE people in the world…”

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No Judgment Zone: Learning To Eat And Live “Guilt-free” With Or Without An Eating Disorder

What does it mean to be “guilt-free”? To not feel that nagging sense that you’ve done something wrong, let someone down, or hurt someone? When you run an Internet image search of the term “guilt-free,” surprisingly, there are no images of people free from guilt because they are in content relationships being loyal to their partners.

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Global Effort to Identify Genes Involved in Anorexia Nervosa

We’d like to introduce you to ANGI! The Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative, or ANGI for short, is an international research study, with research teams at the University of North Carolina (UNC) and in Denmark, Sweden, and Australia working together to unlocking the mystery of anorexia nervosa.

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5 Ways to Help Your Loved One Through Thanksgiving Dinner

The feel-good energy surrounding the holiday season has begun as we prepare for Thanksgiving. While many of us look forward to seeing family, watching football and “binging” on turkey and stuffing, those who struggle with an eating disorder have probably been dreading this day for several months. I have found a few really helpful articles with tips and reminders for those who struggle, but have yet to find information on how to SUPPORT a loved one through the Thanksgiving holiday.

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