It is difficult to watch someone you love live with an eating disorder. While you can't simply fix them, there are certainly many ways that you can be a support for them and encourage them along in their path to recovery.
A large part of my work with individuals in program is helping them to understand the importance of making recovery a priority while also practicing balance. Here are 3 tips to help manage eating disorder treatment with other life responsibilities.
As much as we wish there was, there are no instructions for how to recover from an eating disorder. What I can say, is that everyone's recovery journey is unique, and different things will work for different people. Here are a few of my recommendations that have worked for individuals in the past.
Eating disorders impact the entire family system and sometimes, the recovery process can feel like an emotional roller coaster. Throughout the ups and downs, remember that even if your child has been steady in their recovery, they will need extra support during certain periods in their lives. Here are some tips to keep in mind during those difficult days in eating disorder treatment and recovery.
Friends and family can play incredibly significant roles in treatment and recovery – especially during the holidays when you’ll likely be spending more time together. Here are some tips to ensure that everyone at at your holiday gathering feels safe and comfortable.
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.
If you are a parent of an adult living with an eating disorder, know that you are capable of making a significant and lasting difference in their lives and in their recovery.
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!
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.
While there is no simple answer to the common question “Where can I find help for an eating disorder?” – hopefully the following guidelines will provide a framework (and some valuable resources) to navigate the process.
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.
Recovery truly does takes a village and we are humbled to be an integral part in the journeys of our patients and their families.
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.
Can friendships created while in eating disorder treatment be a positive driver in recovery?
We often hear from clients post-discharge, that without the support of the staff and milieu in program, the transition back to daily life can be quite challenging. For this reason, it is imperative that parts of the treatment environment get carried over upon discharge.
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.
Families, friends, and providers often feel concerned during the initial stages, however, without the right questions and information, might dismiss an eating disorder as related to something else – depression, anxiety, or a milder form of disordered eating. That is why Walden Behavioral Care and Walden Center for Education and Research make it a priority to provide education and awareness in our communities.
The fall season is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the weather and fall clothes, and Thanksgiving is always a great holiday to celebrate with family and friends. Since Walden is like family to me, I’d like to share three things that I am thankful for this November that have nothing to do with my body. I think it is important to have these types of positive influences in your life so that you can always keep your outlook on your life moving forward.
Finding adequate eating disorder treatment is challenging. When you have an additional chronic illness such as type 1 diabetes, there are added complications. Some individuals with eating disorders and type 1 diabetes (ED-DMT1) encounter professionals who spread common myths about diabetes, insulin, and weight, like the pervasive notion that insulin makes you fat, or that those with type 1 diabetes should avoid carbohydrates. On the other hand, eating disorder professionals may not understand the importance of carbohydrate counting for people with type 1 diabetes, as their goal is to steer people away from reading food labels.
What is recovery? Recovery, in my opinion, is the process by which one returns to a state of health and balance that promotes feelings of happiness, self-worth, relevance, productivity, and love. A successful recovery is not defined by a number or a DSM-5 criteria, but by an individual changing their life outlook to feel more positive and encouraged for the present and future.