My family has been nothing but supportive since coming out so many years ago - I don’t take that for granted. Before my conservative, religious grandparents passed away, they had a picture of us on their refrigerator which meant they were willing to define our relationship to any visitor that asked. I know that is not everybody’s story, and I feel incredibly lucky.
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.
I highly recommend Priming: Programming the Mind for Habit Change and Success, Clifton Mitchell, Ph.D. After reading it, I've been able to implement it in my life - both personally and professionally and have found the technique to be helpful in both areas. .
Linda Buchanan, Ph.D., Clinical Director for Walden Behavioral Care's Atlanta Programs joins colleagues at Veritas Collaborative's community panel to discuss issues facing those living with eating disorders and care providers.
Eating disordered thought patterns and “rules” are often rigid. The purpose of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is to increase an individual’s ability to be flexible in the way they think so that they are better able to live a full and meaningful life.
From our skin and bones to our hearts and brains, anorexia impacts the entire body. Here are 6 common complications that can result from anorexia.
The thought of seeking treatment for an eating disorder can be scary. There is a lot of uncertainty and the opportunity for change - which can be daunting for many. There are many myths about eating disorder treatment that don't help to minimize nerves. This blog will debust many of the common myths about eating disorder treatment so that you will feel more comfortable pursuing recovery.
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.
Expressive Therapy can be a great complement to adolescent eating disorder treatment. Here are some of the ways your child can benefit from this intervention!
When treating individuals with co-occurring Type-1 Diabetes and Eating Disorders, it is critical that providers manage these conditions skillfully as the risks of severe medical and psychological consequences are real. Here are some helpful strategies to keep in mind when working these these populations.
In my work with individuals with eating disorders, it is inevitable that discussions around weight are going to come up. While we want to de-emphasize the importance of weight and shape, it is important - as dietitians and members of a treatment team- to be aware of weight as a way to determine health and optimal functioning. Here are some ways that providers can tackle this uncomfortable subject with their clients living with eating disorders.
Did you know that yoga can be a great complement to eating disorder treatment and as a helpful tool in eating disorder recovery? Adding in appropriate yoga practices (that are unique to each individual and where they are at in their recovery journey) can be a great way to help connect mind and body - a practice that can be more difficult for those who have experience with eating disorders.
Thinking about planning meals for the week can be overwhelming for anyone--especially for those who are in recovery from an eating disorder. Walden dietitian, Katie Gustamacchio provides us with 7 helpful meal planning tips for those who are living with or are in recovery from an eating disorder.
Walden Behavioral Care has opened an intensive outpatient eating disorders clinic on Barnstable Road that officials with the Waltham-based chain say is the first of its kind on Cape Cod.
With the ever-changing climate of mass media and societal pressures, children are experiencing eating disorders at younger and younger ages. For this reason, I thought it was important to list some of the things I’ve learned in working with the pediatric population.
Walden Behavioral Care is very excited to share that their non-profit affiliate, the Foundation for Education and Research in Eating Disorders (FREED), has partnered with the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (HBTRC) at McLean Hospital to launch the first and only national brain bank dedicated to the research of eating disorders.
While appropriate levels of care should not be recommended without an evaluation - including a thorough physical and psychological review - there are some recurring symptoms that are often present for many individuals admitted to an inpatient eating disorder treatment center. Here are a few of those common indicators.
Lack of education or awareness of the condition can often lead friends or family to ask “is anorexia a choice?”
Walden Behavioral Care, a system of specialized care for individuals and families affected by all types of eating disorders, today announced that it will be opening a new clinic in Hyannis, MA on March 1.
Do you suspect that your loved one might have binge eating disorder? Are you concerned about how they will react if you confront them? Here are some helpful strategies to best frame a productive dialogue.
Recovery is a BIG word with a lot of meaning. Recovery for one person might not mean what recovery represents for me—and I think there’s beauty in that. We are all different. We’ve all walked down different paths, weathered different storms and have our own unique goals and dreams. For me, recovery is a new chapter in my book.
Overeating and binge eating are terms that are often used interchangeably – yet the distinction is important. Dr. Kate Craigen, Ph.D., Clinical Director for Binge Eating and Bariatric Support Services at Walden Behavioral Care explains the key differences between an overeating episode and a binge eating episode.
Are you concerned that your loved one might be exhibiting signs of disordered eating, but aren't quite sure what to be looking for? Check out the symptoms below that can be indicative to Binge Eating Disorder.
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.
Relapse in eating disorder recovery can feel like starting over, when really, this could be a great time to get yourself back on track and reoriented toward your recovery goals. Here is an infograph describing 6 things you can do if you've found yourself reverting back to old behaviors.
Doing your best to understand what your loved one is going through and knowing what to expect while they are in eating disorder treatment, can provide a really great foundation to support them through their journey toward recovery. Here are few more helpful tips to scenarios that may arise.
Dr. Kate Craigen, Clinical Director, Binge Eating and Bariatric Support Services for Walden Behavioral Care, discusses the connection between weight loss, dieting and binge eating disorder.
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.
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.
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.
What you need to know about insurance for 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
This latest vlog explores Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): What is it? When is it best utilized? And how can it be best used in treating eating disorders?
To help you better understand who exactly can be affected by binge eating disorder, Walden’s Dr. Kate Craigen shares some common demographic information in this vlog.
Pica is defined as the persistent and compulsive eating, over a period of at least one month, of non-food substances (such as paint or string) that are not developmentally appropriate for that age.
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!
Binge Eating Disorder is a serious and complex condition affecting more than 6 million Americans of all ages, genders, shapes and sizes. If you think you might have binge eating disorder, there is hope. Take the first step and ask yourself these five questions.
Recovery has taught me countless valuable lessons, and one of the most important lessons is that ED is wrong. In fact, ED is very wrong.
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.