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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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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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