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“Castlewood gave me the insight to rescue myself.”

Emily*, a 27-year-old in the medical field, had struggled with an eating disorder for most of her life. She faced some of the darkest days of her eating disorder before deciding to pursue treatment at Castlewood. One year ago, Emily was discharged from Castlewood and is living a full life in recovery. Hear Emily’s story — and learn why Castlewood was where her recovery began.   About her eating disorder: “I have pretty much had an eating disorder my entire life, since I was a young child,” Emily says. She considered it “issues around food,” she says. “I never thought…

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How we treat complex eating disorders - Castlewood eating disorder treatment

How we treat complex eating disorders at Castlewood

Eating disorders are not one-size-fits-all . . .  and treatment shouldn’t be either. At Castlewood, clients are accepted, supported and seen. Explore how we treat complex eating disorders to build independence and restore hope. Defining complex eating disorders At Castlewood, we believe that every eating disorder is a complex eating disorder. “Eating disorders are a manifestation of a person trying to cope with other issues and problems in their lives,” says Jim Gerber, M.A., ATR, Ph.D. “Our team engages clients in personalized treatment. We dive into their in-depth history to understand how these problems developed in their life.” Complex eating…

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Know the signs: How to help someone with an eating disorder

Do you believe someone you love has an eating disorder? Parents, siblings, friends and significant others all play a key role in the supporting and navigating alongside your loved one on their journey. The first step in supporting them is learning more about eating disorders and becoming equipped to encourage them on their recovery journey. Explore these questions to learn more about eating disorders and how to support someone who may be facing one. What are the different types of eating disorders? An important step in supporting someone who may have an eating disorder is knowing the signs and symptoms.…

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One Choice. One Life.

Written by Sarah Kate Hutchison, Castlewood Alumnus Do I want to live a life worth living, or do I want to live a life with my eating disorder — one that won’t last very long? This was a question I faced a little over a year ago… a question that I didn’t know the answer to at the time. I had struggled with my eating disorder for many years and had gone to treatment various times, and yet I kept relapsing with little hope and a diminishing desire to get better. I doubted that recovery was possible for me even…

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Grief and Eating Disorder Treatment

      Presented by Chelsea Albus, MSW, LMSW – Primary Therapist “Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.”― Leo Tolstoy Loss is a universal experience that impacts us all and an individual’s beliefs and feelings about grief are largely shaped by cultural, societal and religious influences. In Latino culture for example, the perception of death is significantly impacted by Catholic beliefs and women tend to demonstrate their mourning for the deceased through crying or wailing whereas men uphold the…

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Get Involved with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Though it’s sobering even to consider, eating disorders will impact some 30 million Americans at some point in their lifetime. Conditions such as anorexia, bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder—among others—are all too common, and yet we talk about them far too infrequently. There remains much stigma surrounding the topic of eating disorders, and much discomfort in even broaching the subject. The consequences of this stigma? Many people struggle with an eating disorder and never realize that they can get help; they never know that treatment works, and that recovery is possible. Meanwhile, many loved ones, friends, and family members remain…

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What Causes Insomnia?

Everyone needs their sleep, and those who are in mental health recovery need it most of all. A good night of solid rest will help you to tackle each day’s challenges with high spirits, creativity, and vigor—while a lack of sleep can cause mental health symptoms to spiral. Not everyone finds it easy to fall asleep, though, or to stay asleep through the night. Sleepless nights are all too common, and the causes of insomnia are numerous. If you find that insomnia is sapping your mental fortitude, or stalling your recovery, then a good first step is to think through…

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Loving Past Stigma

You don’t necessarily have to understand someone completely in order to love them whole-heartedly—but you do have to accept them for who they are. Sometimes that can be challenging, especially when that person engages in self-destructive behavior as the result of an eating disorder or a mental illness. You may find yourself struggling to come to terms with their actions; in these cases, of course, it is critical to remind yourself that it’s not them, it’s the illness. One of the hurdles that you may face in loving someone with an eating disorder is stigma. For as many people as…

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What Does Self-Love Look Like in Eating Disorder Recovery?

Before you can truly commit to ongoing recovery, you have to believe that you’re worth it. You have to believe that you deserve a life of fullness, wholeness, and wellness. You have to love yourself—which can be challenging for anyone, and especially daunting for those who wrestle with the feelings of shame that often accompany eating disorders. For as much as those in the recovery community like to emphasize self-love, however, the concept can sometimes seem needlessly abstract. What does self-love actually look like in practical terms, though? What are some concrete ways to show self-love? How to Love Yourself…

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Speaking Words of Compassion to Those in Recovery

When you know someone who is in eating disorder recovery, it’s only natural that you’d want to be an encouragement to them—to say something that boosts their spirits, rallies their confidence, or simply reminds them that they are not alone. The difficulty is in knowing exactly what you should say. Even well-intentioned comments can sometimes be hurtful, and when you’ve never dealt with an eating disorder yourself, it can simply be difficult to know how best to broach the issue. It is vital to be careful and judicious in what you say—striving always to speak words of empathy and compassion,…

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