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!

Staff Spotlight: Jenn Edwards Returns to Castlewood at Monarch Cove

Welcome Back Jenn! Staff Spotlight:  Jennifer Edwards MA, LPCC (#2700), R-DMT- Clinical Director Your role at Castlewood at Monarch Cove: I am the Clinical director at Monarch Cove.  It is my role to support and guide our Monarch Cove team in deepening the therapeutic work of each of our clients. I am returning to Monarch Cove inspired and rejuvenated.   I have missed the team collaborative approach that truly is unique to Castlewood.  I really thrive when surrounded by the talented and dedicated staff that are inevitably attracted to Castlewood, and I have found the team at Monarch Cove to be no…

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The “Golden Boy”

Written by Castlewood Alumnus Paul Beuttenmuller One year ago, I completed the total transformation of my life after having finally confronted the nightmare that controlled it for the previous six years. I pressed the pause button on everything, including my job at which I had just received a promotion, and focused on my mental health for the first time in my life. I was struggling with an eating disorder and reached the point where it controlled my daily life. In reality, it controlled my total being and sanity. While it took me a while to admit that, I had come…

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Grief and Eating Disorder Treatment

      Presented by Chelsea Albus, MSW, LMSW – Primary Therapist “Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.”― Leo Tolstoy Loss is a universal experience that impacts us all and an individual’s beliefs and feelings about grief are largely shaped by cultural, societal and religious influences. In Latino culture for example, the perception of death is significantly impacted by Catholic beliefs and women tend to demonstrate their mourning for the deceased through crying or wailing whereas men uphold the…

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NEDAwareness: It’s Time To Talk About It. -Castlewood Alumna Kimi Gravlin

“Eight years have passed since I started my road to recovery from an eating disorder. Every February, when Eating Disorder Awareness Week comes around I feel indescribable gratitude for my health and my recovery. But, I feel even more grateful for my family who loved me unconditionally, my friends who made the difficult choice to speak up, and the professionals at Castlewood Treatment Center who all played a huge role in my recovery. I often find myself taking my health and wellbeing for granted, forgetting that it was something I once had to fight so hard for. Eight years seems…

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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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