Whether you're new to eating disorder treatment, or well on your way toward recovery, a commonly asked question is, "How long is this going to take?" While this is a difficult question to answer--as it is so dependent on many variables, what I can say is that following these three steps can have a significant impact on recovery success.
Are you ready to take the next step in your eating disorder recovery journey? If you're looking into treatment options, here are some important questions to consider in choosing the right provider for you.
So how much exercise IS too much exercise? Here are 10 universal warning signs that could be indicative of an exercise addiction.
Challenge foods or desserts are not “empty calories.” These foods actually provide energy, protein, carbohydrates, and fats (sometimes even calcium) that our bodies need and can use as fuel to get us through our days. Feeling like these foods have no place in the diet is an example of a rigid thought worth challenging.
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…”
The transition from adolescence to young adulthood can be an exciting and challenging time for anyone. It can be particularly hard for someone working towards recovery from an eating disorder. Many adolescents are eager to reach this milestone, and for some, their eating disorders look to this time as an opportunity to capitalize on the possibility for decreased support, supervision and accountability. However, the transition from adolescent to adult programming can be smooth and support needs to be ongoing, and for both the adolescent and their parents, knowing this going in can help make the process a smooth one.
At Walden Behavioral Care we strive to individualize eating disorder treatment. To increase the specific services we offer to patients, we have developed “track programs” that are tailored for patients who need support in certain areas. This August, the College Track program for students with eating disorders ran for patients that were heading to college this fall. Whether a new freshman in college, or going back for another year, patients in this program focused not only on learning traditional research-based eating disorder interventions, but also developing skills necessary to managing triggers or scenarios specific to what a college student might encounter on campus.
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.
The often portrayed media image of eating disorders as something that effects only young, white, middle- and upper-class women continues to render many with eating disorders invisible. One such population is people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ).
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.
Everyone has a best-friend, right? A friend that guides you, listens to you, and lends you a hand? They tells you the truth and lets you know how they feel. They help accentuate your strengths and support your goals in life. They stand by your side through thick or thin. What if I told you my best friend at a certain time in my life was not that at all?
I know for years you've all known I've had an eating disorder. Even if you didn't understand it or know what an eating disorder was, you knew something was wrong. Confronting someone that has a problem is hard, let alone confronting your best friends, so I understand why you never wanted to bring it up. It's a sensitive subject, I get it.
The prevalence of eating disorders is on the rise, and they are not discriminating against any race, ethnicity, social class, or religion, including members of the Jewish community. The culture of the Jewish people heavily revolves around gatherings with family, friends, and large quantities of food. Each Jewish holiday is associated with a meal consisting of multiple courses.
Exercise can do many things. It can regulate mood, relieve anxiety and depression, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, lower the risk of cancer, boost energy, and promote better sleep. Because it’s common for people with Binge Eating Disorder (BED) to struggle with many of the above, Walden Behavioral Care has incorporated Fitness Therapy into their treatment plan.
March is National Nutrition Month and to commemorate this event we asked one of our dietitians to answer a few questions regarding her chosen profession and the work she does at Walden.
Many people with eating disorders are also diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Sometimes these are considered two distinct disorders that need to be managed separately. Research has shown us, however, that the pathology of OCD is markedly similar to some symptoms of eating disorders. That similarity means that many treatment strategies for OCD can also work for eating disorders.
If you take a moment to think about the variety of people you work with, go to school with, live with, or just interact with on a daily basis, you will probably be able to identify a variety of personalities, likes, dislikes, beliefs, and struggles. These individuals and their differences serve to strengthen and enrich families, teams and communities, but they may also present challenges. The same concept applies to the treatment setting. In the same way you may be influenced by a college roommate, a work colleague, or even a close friend, you will be faced with choices, for better or worse, about whether or not to adopt the behaviors of those around you.
There isn’t another job I would rather have. Ever. I wake up every morning feeling blessed to come to a job that I love and do something every day that feels meaningful. Working with patients with eating disorders is something that I consider a privilege.
It is important to mention, while children play an active and important role in their eating disorder treatment, Walden's Adolescent IOP is structured around the Maudsley Approach, a family-centered therapy. This method of treatment teaches parents and caregivers how to take an active role to regain authority over anything food related in their child’s life.