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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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Castlewood Treatment Centers Unveils New #1LifeAtATime Campaign to Promote Eating Disorder Advocacy

Starting in September, Castlewood Treatment Centers will embark on a new awareness-raising campaign called #1LifeAtATime. The focus of the campaign will be how change happens, awareness is raised, and recovery is promoted by one individual at a time; as one person becomes passionate about eating disorder advocacy, that passion has a ripple effect, spreading to others in the community. Castlewood will promote the campaign through blogs and other social media content.

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A Closer Look at Eating Disorders and Suicide

Talking openly about eating disorders is never easy; it can be a difficult topic, and its implications can make us uncomfortable. In addition, we come to one of the most challenging—and most necessary—conversations to be had about eating disorders, and that is the connection between eating disorders and suicide. Eating Disorder Mortality Rates It is no secret that eating disorders are associated with significantly elevated mortality rates. Sometimes, eating disorder-related deaths come about due to medical complications, but a substantial percentage are due to suicide. To offer just one sobering example: Individuals with anorexia are about 31 times more likely…

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Eating Disorder Recovery and the End of Summer

When summer first comes, it’s always exciting. For many, it means a break from school. It brings to mind days full of sunshine, and means vacation, blockbuster movies, and more. By the time summer starts winding down, however, it has lost its luster. Many of us are long tired of the hot, humid weather, and are perhaps feeling a bit sluggish in our summer revelry. We may be more or less ready for fall’s return. All of this can make the final stretch of summer particularly difficult for those in eating disorder recovery. Simply put: At the end of summer,…

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