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Relapse Prevention

Recovery is not something you achieve and then forget about. Rather, it is a process, a journey—something you cultivate over the course of a lifetime. On any recovery journey, there will be bad days and tough times. There may even be moments of relapse. There are many factors that might cause or exacerbate an eating disorder relapse; many of them tied to external stressors in your life or are biological, psychological or social factors The question is, what do you do in the face of relapse? First and most importantly: Show yourself some compassion. You have not failed, and relapse…

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Summer Body Image Concerns

Body image is a struggle for countless Americans—including men and women, boys and girls, people from all age groups, ethnicities, and walks of life. Of course, body image struggles can be especially intense and harmful for those who have an eating disorder. The summer months—bathing suit season, that is—can pose the greatest challenges of all. What makes body image such a big problem? A big part of it is media saturation. As our summer body image infographic shows, an overwhelming number of magazines and blogs regularly publish articles devoted to weight loss. “Summer body” articles are some of the most…

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National Women’s Health Week

May 8 through May 14 has been designated as 2016’s National Women’s Health Week—a great opportunity to elevate the dialogue regarding the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of all the ladies out there. This dialogue must include a frank discussion of eating disorders, which continue to pose a lethal threat to women of all ages and backgrounds. Eating disorders are all too common among women. In fact, it is estimated that some 20 million American women struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their life. There are many different types of eating disorders that impact women—anorexia, bulimia, binge…

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Mental Health Month

It’s always a good idea to consider your mental health, and to do what you can do to preserve your own wellbeing. This month is an especially great time to think through these issues, however, because it’s Mental Health Month. All of May has been set aside to raise awareness about mental health and related issues. One of the best ways you can honor Mental Health Month is to take care of your own mental wellbeing—but how? Consider some of these important steps: Get screened for depression, anxiety, and other potential mental health disorders. You have nothing to lose. Screenings…

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National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week

The first week in May—technically May 2 through May 8—is this year’s National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week. This is a real blessing for those who may struggle with these mental health conditions—a blessing, and an opportunity. Anxiety and depression disorders are common, yet they also remain mired in stigma. Simply put, most of us are afraid to talk about them. Awareness Week, though, provides an invaluable opportunity to speak up, to tell your story, to break the stigma, and to start the conversation. The question is, what could you do for National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week? What should…

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The Importance of the Anna Westin Act

Some 30 million Americans struggle with eating disorders—yet in many ways, there remains a big deficit in treatment and care opportunities. While we certainly try to do our part here at Castlewood, the truth is that many healthcare providers and school officials are unsure of what to do when they encounter someone with an eating disorder. A pending piece of legislation is seeking to change that, though. The bill in question is called the Anna Westin Act of 2015, and its mission is simple: The Anna Westin Act seeks to provide healthcare providers and school officials with training, instructing them…

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A Cookbook for People with Eating Disorders?

Eating disorder recovery is about regaining a normalized, balanced relationship with food—but not just food. It is also important to develop healthy attitudes toward the more social aspects of food preparation and eating. That is something that Francesca Baker understands well. Baker, a writer who lives in the UK, is in eating disorder recovery herself. She knows first-hand how tough it is to develop a healthy relationship with the act of eating, and she has authored her very own cookbook, Eating & Living: Recipes for Recovery, that tackles these challenges head-on. The idea of this book came from Baker’s own…

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OCD and Eating Disorders

It is all too common for eating disorders to be accompanied by co-occurring conditions—and one of the most serious of all is obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD. While OCD is well known, it is not necessarily well understood. Much of what passes for conventional wisdom is in fact caricature and stigma, so it is worth looking at OCD with some clear, accurate details. Essentially, in order to receive a diagnosis of OCD, you have to meet a narrow set of criteria: You have to have obsessions and compulsions; Those obsessions and compulsions must have a big impact on your day to…

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Castlewood’s Summer Refocus Program

For some, summer is a season for taking it easy; for others, summer is where the real work begins. Certainly, summer is a great time to put other aspects of your life on pause, and to really get down to the tough issues of eating disorder recovery. That’s why Castlewood offers a Summer Refocus Program, aimed both at those new to recovery and those who have been in recovery for a while. The aim of this program is simple: Come rededicate yourself to recovery—or dedicate yourself to it for the first time!—and get the support you need to make real,…

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