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Protect Yourself from Cyberbullying

We’ve blogged in the past about bullying, and the various ways in which it contributes to eating disorders. As we have noted, many of our own clients come to us attesting to experiences with bullies; bullying can lead to body image issues, pervasive stress and anxiety, and in some cases even trauma—especially when the bullying includes acts of physical violence. Not all bullying happens face to face, however. Sometimes, bullying can take place over social media, text, or even email. This is what’s known as cyberbullying—and it, too, can be a factor in the development of eating disorders. Understanding Cyberbullying…

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Men, Depression, and Stigma

Depression is more than just a feeling of sadness or melancholy. It’s a true mental health disorder, and the effects can be both pervasive and extreme; that’s why depression is a leading factor in suicide. Treatment for depression is readily available, and recovery is attainable—but many people, especially men, choose instead to suffer in silence, never seeking the help they need or allowing themselves to hit rock bottom before they admit to a problem. There are a number of reasons why men might not seek treatment. Misinformation about depression is one major culprit; some men may not realize its seriousness,…

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New Year’s Resolutions That Support Recovery

Every January, men and women across the world resolve to make their lives different; to turn over new leaves, kick bad habits, and develop healthy new ones. Setting goals for the New Year is admirable, and for many of us quite healthy. For those who are in recovery, and have already resolved to start living their best life, the resolution process can be a little bit complicated. The temptation with any resolution is to make it too lofty, which is why so many resolutions are jettisoned by mid-month. Those who are in recovery cannot afford to set themselves up for…

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Warning Signs of Over Exercise

Something we often say at Castlewood is that eating disorders are not fundamentally about food; in fact, some of the defining characteristics of eating disorders have little to do with food or with eating. A good example of this is exercise. There are many forms of eating disorder in which over exercise is one of the key symptoms—and a serious symptom, at that. “Contrary to popular belief, there is such a thing as too much exercise,” notes the Alliance for Eating Disorders. “Compulsive exercise is another way to ‘purge’ calories and it can be as dangerous as Anorexia and Bulimia.…

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How to Cope with Holiday Stress

The holiday season is supposed to be full of good things—but as we all know, it doesn’t always work out that way. Your holiday season may be heavier on stress than on frivolity or good cheer—and if you happen to be in eating disorder recovery, that additional stress can prove truly damaging. Stress can exacerbate any mental health condition, be it an eating disorder, depression, or an anxiety disorder. As such, those who are in recovery often have a particularly hard time during the busy weeks of December. The good news is that there are always steps you can take…

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Handling Food Challenges Over the Holidays

The holiday season can often be full of family, fun, and good cheer. Of course, it can also be full of stress—and above all, it can be full of food. Many holiday traditions and festive gatherings revolve around food and drink. For those who are in eating disorder recovery, navigating these events can be challenging. The good news is that it is more than possible to handle holiday food challenges with your recovery intact—and even to have a sweet and enjoyable holiday season. Today, we’ll offer a few tips that we hope you will find helpful. How to Approach Food…

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Experiencing Life, Love and Recovery

Written by L. M. Castlewood Alumnus  Falling in love makes you vulnerable, it is probably the most vulnerable thing you will ever do in your life to love someone and to allow them to love you in return, the real you, the good and bad and everything that falls in between. Eating disorders are incredibly isolating, I know mine was, I did not think anyone could understand the pain I felt or the sadness I had and I did not think anyone but my eating disorder could help me. That is a convenient story we tell ourselves to keep us…

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Trauma Resolution and Eating Disorder Recovery

All of us have experiences with anxiety and stress, and even with painful situations. For some of us, those painful situations can cause real trauma and lingering pain, sometimes even manifesting in post-traumatic stress disorder. Those who struggle with PTSD, or with any form of ongoing trauma, often seek tools for coping—in some cases turning to substance use and addiction, but in other cases developing eating disorders. It is no coincidence that many of the people who seek eating disorder treatment are also diagnosed with trauma. That’s something we want to draw attention to during the month of December, as…

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Practice Gratitude Daily

It sounds almost platitudinous to say that we should all be more grateful, yet the daily practice of gratitude is more than an empty cliché. Being thankful, as an active state of mind, can have far-flung effects on our mental health, all of them positive. When we make ourselves grateful, it helps us to mitigate anxiety, stress, and internalized negativity; it allows us to be more open to the good things in this world. For those in recovery, it can be an invaluable tool. Practicing gratitude can also be surprisingly easy. Essentially, it boils down to making a mental record…

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Athletes Under Pressure: An Everyday Struggle

By any standard, Gracie Gold is an accomplished skater and an admirable athlete—yet her 2016 hasn’t been quite as smooth as she may have hoped. Gold recently came in fifth place at this year’s Skate America competition, certainly nothing to sneeze at but also not quite the victory she might have imagined. What’s more troubling, though, is her ongoing struggle with body image, weight perceptions, and the pressure imposed by athletic competition. Under Pressure To her credit, Gold has opened up about these issues and really done a lot to fight back against the stigma that so often accompanies discussion…

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