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Holiday Refocus Program at Castlewood

Even for those in eating disorder recovery, there are seasons of upheaval—ups and downs on your recovery journey. For many, the holidays can bring more downs than ups. There are a number of reasons for this, and they all boil down to one thing: The holiday season can be stressful. It can be stressful for anyone, and when you are already focusing so much of your mental and physical strength on recovery it makes everything more challenging. The good news is that there are ways to fortify your commitment to recovery, and to get the support you need during a…

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Eating Disorders and the LGBT Community

For the month of June, Castlewood is focusing our #ColorfulRecovery Campaign on the issue of eating disorders within the LGBT community. The entire purpose of this campaign is to educate, inform, make aware, and ultimately make a difference—changing minds, one life at a time, and trusting that this will have a ripple effect throughout our world. There is much reason for us to raise awareness for eating disorders among LGBT individuals, as the problem is both rampant and all too often misunderstood. Understanding Eating Disorders in the LGBT Community The common misconception about eating disorders is that they only impact young,…

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Planning for Post-Recovery

Recovery isn’t something you “attain.” It’s an ongoing process, something you work toward every single day. As such, it’s not just something you engage in while in treatment, but also after treatment, once you return to your “normal” life. This is sometimes called the post-recovery phase, and in many ways can be one of the most difficult parts of the recovery journey. Maintaining healthy habits while also dealing with the stresses of everyday life can put a strain on you, which is why it is important to have a post-recovery plan in place. That’s a big part of what the…

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Getting a Mental Health Diagnosis in College

Mental health disorders can impact people of all ages, and the symptoms may begin at any point in life—including while the individual is in college. Unfortunately, receiving a mental health diagnosis can cause many young people to end their college experience prematurely. “A recent survey reports that 47 percent of adults living with schizophrenia drop out of college, compared to the 27 percent college dropout rate in the U.S. overall,” says a recent blog post from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Another study reports that students diagnosed with bipolar disorder are 70 percent more likely to drop out of college…

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Bullying and Eating Disorders by Lolly Wool, Therapist at Castlewood Treatment Centers

By Lolly Wool, Therapist Listening to a client give an account of being called horrible names, being beat up in a bathroom or getting text or Facebook messages with degrading names, is the proof that we cannot talk about eating disorders and without discussing bullying. Yes, there are statistics about the frequency bullying and its correlation to eating disorders, but I do not do what I do because of the statistics, I do it because of the faces and the clients that describe the injuries that tear them apart. What is Bullying? One of the most important pieces to start…

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National Depression Screening Day

The National Institute of Mental Health characterizes depression in this way: It’s “common but serious.” That’s a good way to describe it. Certainly, depression impacts a good many Americans, but just because it’s an everyday occurrence that hardly means that it should be taken lightly. Depression interferes not just with mood but with the ability to deal with each day’s responsibilities and its challenges. Depression can have significant ramifications, yet it can also be treated, with long-lasting recovery more than attainable. Depression is also a serious issue within the eating disorder community, as many who struggle with eating disorders also…

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Stop Bullying, #1LifeAtATime

There is no denying that bullying often has lasting effects on the people who have been bullied—and that in some cases, those effects may include the development of an eating disorder. According to some studies, as many as 90 percent of those who are in treatment for an eating disorder admit to being bullied at some point during the course of their life. That’s an alarmingly high number, and shows why so many eating disorder recovery advocates are also strongly outspoken against bullying in all forms. Today we take up that charge. In this post we’ll share some facts about…

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What Does Weight Stigma Awareness Week Mean to You?

Weight Stigma Awareness Week is fast approaching; from September 26 through September 30 of this year, eating disorder recovery organizations across the country will seek to draw attention to the important issue of weight stigma, drawing connections to eating disorders while also underscoring the hope of recovery. This year’s theme is Teaching Kids the Truth, and will focus on the importance of shaping our kids’ impressions of themselves—leading them to healthy perceptions about weight and body image. What is Weight Stigma? If you’re not familiar with the term, a quick definition might be in order. Weight stigma—which is sometimes called…

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Exposure Therapy at Castlewood

Recovery from an eating disorder is a journey, with different phases and stages along the way. While not everyone has the exact same journey, it’s certainly not uncommon for our clients to begin in an intensive, residential program before transitioning into a partial hospitalization program (PHP). Ultimately, as clients make these transitions, our treatment approach encompasses more and more exposure therapy, wherein clients are asked to identify some situations that cause them anxiety—situations that they might normally either avoid or have trouble tolerating without ritualizing or doing harm to themselves. We gradually and repetitively place clients into these situations, offering…

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Overcoming Eating Disorders #1LifeAtATime

We are not creating this campaign to start a battle —against the stigma, the myth, the misinformation, and the silence that keeps us from talking about eating disorder recovery openly and honestly but as an empowering challenge to build awareness  through ambassadorship. Ultimately, it is a challenge overcome one person at a time: Advocacy happens not en masse, but through individual hearts and minds opened to the seriousness of eating disorders and the reality of the recovery process. You’ll be hearing more and more about this in the months to come, as Castlewood rolls out the #1LifeAtATime campaign—an advocacy and…

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