Residential Treatment Blog Posts
4 Recommendations for Parents of an Adolescent Discharging from Residential Eating Disorder Treatment
Helping your adolescent integrate back into their day to day routine can be challenging for everyone. Here are a few tips to help support your child’s transition from eating disorder treatment.
Many people probably don’t consider nurses when they think about the eating disorder treatment team. They are, however a critical support in recovery–here’s how.
As our understanding of eating disorders evolves, so does the makeup of the programming designed to best treat them. Here’s a look at some more innovative components to residential treatment for adults with eating disorders
Shannon Stern is an adolescent clinician on our residential unit. Learn more about her and her role at Walden in this Ambassador of Hope episode!
Making the brave decision to enter eating disorder treatment is hard. There are a lot of unknowns so we’d like to help. Here are 5 things that might help you feel a bit more comfortable making this brave commitment.
Trauma recovery takes time and may be especially difficult for the many people who use eating disorder behaviors to cope. Residential treatment can provide a contained, nurturing environment where individuals can begin the process of interrupting negative coping mechanisms and re-establisha sense of safety in the world.
Outpatient providers can be voices of encouragement that connects clients to higher levels of specialized care, when appropriate. To help you in these cases, here are some questions to consider.
In this video blog, our prevention specialist, Stephanie Haines, M.Ed., CHES, will walk you through some of the emotions you can expect to experience, why treatment isn’t as bad as you might think and some of the things you can expect when deciding whether or not to seek treatment for an eating disorder.
Seeking treatment for the first time can bring a great deal of fear, nerves and anxiety – that’s completely normal. You likely have many questions and much skepticism, especially since the road to recovery for most is rarely linear. Although treatment and recovery certainly aren’t easy, they are undoubtedly worth it. Here are five things that stuck with me the most through my journey.
Here are some considerations to keep in mind when determining whether or not you might need eating disorder treatment.
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.
Examining and debunking myths about residential treatment for eating disorders can be really helpful in making the decision to enter this level of care. Here are some common myths as reported from many of my previous patients.
Can friendships created while in eating disorder treatment be a positive driver in recovery?
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.
Carrie had never been in residential treatment before. She had a long history of treatment in the inpatient and partial levels of care, but found herself missing crucial life skills, including meal preparation, primarily taught in the residential level of care. When her insurance changed and she finally had the benefit, she decided to give residential a try.
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.