Castlewood Eating Disorder Treatment Center Blog

Castlewood Eating Disorder Treatment Center Blog

Castlewood Eating Disorder Treatment Center is dedicated to those who are affected by eating disorders, and in providing expert preventative and interventional education to the general public. Our blog covers new treatments and trends, statistics and public initiatives, inspirational successes, therapeutic trends and solid science. Visit often and comment!
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Get Involved with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Though it’s sobering even to consider, eating disorders will impact some 30 million Americans at some point in their lifetime. Conditions such as anorexia, bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder—among others—are all too common, and yet we talk about them far too infrequently. There remains much stigma surrounding the topic of eating disorders, and much discomfort in even broaching the subject. The consequences of this stigma? Many people struggle with an eating disorder and never realize that they can get help; they never know that treatment works, and that recovery is possible. Meanwhile, many loved ones, friends, and family members remain…

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What Causes Insomnia?

Everyone needs their sleep, and those who are in mental health recovery need it most of all. A good night of solid rest will help you to tackle each day’s challenges with high spirits, creativity, and vigor—while a lack of sleep can cause mental health symptoms to spiral. Not everyone finds it easy to fall asleep, though, or to stay asleep through the night. Sleepless nights are all too common, and the causes of insomnia are numerous. If you find that insomnia is sapping your mental fortitude, or stalling your recovery, then a good first step is to think through…

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Loving Past Stigma

You don’t necessarily have to understand someone completely in order to love them whole-heartedly—but you do have to accept them for who they are. Sometimes that can be challenging, especially when that person engages in self-destructive behavior as the result of an eating disorder or a mental illness. You may find yourself struggling to come to terms with their actions; in these cases, of course, it is critical to remind yourself that it’s not them, it’s the illness. One of the hurdles that you may face in loving someone with an eating disorder is stigma. For as many people as…

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What Does Self-Love Look Like in Eating Disorder Recovery?

Before you can truly commit to ongoing recovery, you have to believe that you’re worth it. You have to believe that you deserve a life of fullness, wholeness, and wellness. You have to love yourself—which can be challenging for anyone, and especially daunting for those who wrestle with the feelings of shame that often accompany eating disorders. For as much as those in the recovery community like to emphasize self-love, however, the concept can sometimes seem needlessly abstract. What does self-love actually look like in practical terms, though? What are some concrete ways to show self-love? How to Love Yourself…

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Speaking Words of Compassion to Those in Recovery

When you know someone who is in eating disorder recovery, it’s only natural that you’d want to be an encouragement to them—to say something that boosts their spirits, rallies their confidence, or simply reminds them that they are not alone. The difficulty is in knowing exactly what you should say. Even well-intentioned comments can sometimes be hurtful, and when you’ve never dealt with an eating disorder yourself, it can simply be difficult to know how best to broach the issue. It is vital to be careful and judicious in what you say—striving always to speak words of empathy and compassion,…

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Protect Yourself from Cyberbullying

We’ve blogged in the past about bullying, and the various ways in which it contributes to eating disorders. As we have noted, many of our own clients come to us attesting to experiences with bullies; bullying can lead to body image issues, pervasive stress and anxiety, and in some cases even trauma—especially when the bullying includes acts of physical violence. Not all bullying happens face to face, however. Sometimes, bullying can take place over social media, text, or even email. This is what’s known as cyberbullying—and it, too, can be a factor in the development of eating disorders. Understanding Cyberbullying…

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Tuesdays With Tammy: Balancing Nourishment and Pleasure

At Castlewood, we believe that balancing nourishment and pleasure respects both health and taste. Respecting your health embraces fueling the body with a variety of food that provides carbohydrate energy, protein building blocks, and foundation fats. Respecting your taste embraces enjoyment of food as equally valuable and important. Perfection is not necessary or required to respect your health and nourish your body because our bodies have an amazing capability of balancing. Example: If we do not put enough water from the outside in, our body will balance by holding more fluids from the inside out.  Another example: If we eat…

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Men, Depression, and Stigma

Depression is more than just a feeling of sadness or melancholy. It’s a true mental health disorder, and the effects can be both pervasive and extreme; that’s why depression is a leading factor in suicide. Treatment for depression is readily available, and recovery is attainable—but many people, especially men, choose instead to suffer in silence, never seeking the help they need or allowing themselves to hit rock bottom before they admit to a problem. There are a number of reasons why men might not seek treatment. Misinformation about depression is one major culprit; some men may not realize its seriousness,…

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New Year’s Resolutions That Support Recovery

Every January, men and women across the world resolve to make their lives different; to turn over new leaves, kick bad habits, and develop healthy new ones. Setting goals for the New Year is admirable, and for many of us quite healthy. For those who are in recovery, and have already resolved to start living their best life, the resolution process can be a little bit complicated. The temptation with any resolution is to make it too lofty, which is why so many resolutions are jettisoned by mid-month. Those who are in recovery cannot afford to set themselves up for…

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Warning Signs of Over Exercise

Something we often say at Castlewood is that eating disorders are not fundamentally about food; in fact, some of the defining characteristics of eating disorders have little to do with food or with eating. A good example of this is exercise. There are many forms of eating disorder in which over exercise is one of the key symptoms—and a serious symptom, at that. “Contrary to popular belief, there is such a thing as too much exercise,” notes the Alliance for Eating Disorders. “Compulsive exercise is another way to ‘purge’ calories and it can be as dangerous as Anorexia and Bulimia.…

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