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Male Eating Disorders: More Common Than You Think

Eating disorders are equal opportunity offenders—prevalent in both female and male populations. Unfortunately, that truth may come as a bit of a surprise to the public. Despite plenty of clinical literature showing eating disorders to be gender-blind, the common misconception is that it is primarily women who battle these destructive diseases. A recent study in Psychiatric Times confirms this. “Eating disorders are often thought of as a ‘female problem,’” the article states. “Even researchers, advocates and treatment providers who are aware that these disorders affect men and boys are plagued by misinformation.” The study provides an example: It is often…

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The Not So Linear Recovery Process

Guest Post by LM , Castlewood Alumna When I sat at the gates of Castlewood waiting for them to open, I made a commitment to myself “This is the last time you are going to drive through those gates and give it your all, bare your soul and follow instructions and be honest about the struggle”.  I had been to treatment before, and played the role of the compliant client, the ‘good girl’ afraid to reveal just how much I was struggling with each bite, but this time I gave myself permission to have a voice and to do it…

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Family Week Survey Results

Family is integral to what we do here at Castlewood. We take it seriously that the latest research supports that outcomes are improved with the inclusion of families because it is serious, and so important to the hard work of recovery. Those who are battling an eating disorder and attempting to start a new life of freedom, health, and wholeness need all the love and support they can get, and family support is the most important of all. For this reason, we have a regular family therapy and Family Week here at Castlewood; each Family Week event lasts for three…

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PTSD Awareness Day

Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, is an ongoing healthcare crisis, a condition that affects Americans of all ages and walks of life. At the same time, it’s something that is widely misunderstood. Many are not quite sure of what the condition is, whom it affects or how pervasive it truly is. That’s why June 27 has been set aside as National PTSD Awareness Day—a time for us to talk more openly and candidly about what the condition is and what it really means. This is something that is near and dear to our hearts at Castlewood. The reason for this…

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Maintaining Recovery Over Summer Vacation

Maintaining recovery from an eating disorder is a lifetime journey and an around-the-clock job. You do not get to go on vacation from your recovery. In fact, vacations can be some of the toughest times to keep a focus on your health. Take the summer season. This is a difficult time for those who wrestle with eating disorders because of the cultural focus on “swimsuit readiness” it is difficult not to focus on body image. Vacations and road trips, meanwhile, disrupt whatever rhythms you have developed through meetings with your therapist and nutritionist. Finally, while a break from school stress…

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Dealing with the Trauma in Eating Disorder Recovery

Guest Post by L.Y., Castlewood Alumna Let’s be honest, no one really wants to deal with their trauma.  It’s scary and it’s painful and it’s vulnerable and it’s just not for me.  …Well…at least that’s what I convinced myself for so long.  (Spoiler alert:  my plan didn’t work out too well.) As scary and painful and vulnerable as it is, it has to be done.  This took me a very long time to figure out.  I figured if I avoided it long enough, it would just go away.  The more I numbed and pushed it down and denied it, the…

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Getting Involved as a Recovery Ally

There is never a bad time to have an honest conversation about eating disorders; never a wrong moment to break past some of the stigma that surrounds eating disorders; never a poor day to be an advocate for recovery. Do you want to get involved in speaking up about eating disorder awareness? There is no time like the present. June 2 has been set aside as World Eating Disorder Action Day, a special occasion on which eating disorder professionals, advocates, allies, and those in recovery can all come together to elevate the dialogue and speak some truth about eating disorders.…

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Eating Disorder Action Day

Eating disorders are common—impacting individuals of all ages, genders, and lifestyles—they remain clouded in stigma. There is neither enough open dialogue about eating disorders, nor enough understanding of what an eating disorder truly entails. We’ve got to take action to change all of that—and soon, there will be an opportunity to do exactly that: June 2, 2016, has been declared the first annual World Eating Disorder Action Day—a prime chance for all of us to raise the dialogue, fight back against the stigma, and increase awareness for the eating disorder community. So what is this day all about? According to…

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Developing a Stress Management Plan

All of us encounter stressful situations from time to time. There is not much we can do to avoid it—but what we can do is make sure we are ready. When stress ambushes us, catching us off guard and pulling the rug out from under us, it can cause us to react poorly, unhealthily. For those with an eating disorder, it might even trigger relapse. When we have a stress management plan in place, though, it empowers us to respond to stressors more thoughtfully and constructively. Taking the time to formulate a stress management plan is a key part of…

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Let’s Talk More About Eating Disorders

Struggling with an eating disorder can feel lonely. It can feel isolating—especially when you are not part of a good support group (which you really need to be). It can feel like nobody else in the world knows what you are dealing with, or could possibly have real empathy or understanding for your battle. The thing is, there is something we can do to help people understand—to cut through some of that stigma and help develop real empathy for those in the eating disorder recovery community. It all starts with conversation. When we open ourselves up a little bit and…

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